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To no one's surprise, going back to school in person is already not going well.

A few of Georgia’s public schools went back to in-person schooling on Monday with no mask requirement, and things are going as well as we all expected.

 

Photos taken by students and posted to social media showed students packed shoulder to shoulder in the hallway, most of them unmasked. Two districts reopened this week, and so far, two students—one from each—have tested positive for the coronavirus. This all comes after Georgia met a new weekly high for COVID-19 deaths earlier this week, passing 200,000 cases on Wednesday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Paulding County—one of the districts that reopened this week—Superintendent Brian Ottot said that the students “need longer than a few minutes in the hall to catch the virus from others,” according to USA Today. He later continued to defend the district’s decision not to require that students wear masks: “Wearing a mask is a personal choice and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them.”

However, women on the internet who have been dress-coded and sent home for having “distracting” shoulders strongly disagree.

Some even posted the district’s lengthy dress code, which they most likely have no issue enforcing.

 

The only good part of all this is that the student who posted the photo and was suspended for it, Hannah Watters, does not regret posting it, calling it “good and necessary trouble. My biggest concern is not only about me being safe, it's about everyone being safe because behind every teacher, student and staff member there is a family, there are friends, and I would just want to keep everyone safe," she said to CNN.

 Watters also made a post documenting how many of her peers are wearing masks in class. In most cases, less than a third of students were wearing masks in-class.

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Evi Arthur is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies and a minor in women’s and gender studies. The former editor-in-chief of her university paper, Evi has previously interned at Chicago Agent Magazine and St. Louis Magazine. A St. Louis native (and lover of St. Louis-style pizza), she plans to eventually return to school and earn a Master's degree in investigative reporting. You can follow her at @EviArthur on Instagram and Twitter.

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