Atlanta Public Schools, one of the first districts in the country to start its school year next month, will require masks for all students and teachers at school and on buses, the district said Thursday. The announcement comes despite Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's cancellation of the measures in an executive order. The protocol for wearing the universal mask will begin when school starts on August 5, according to the announcement. Factors considered by the district include the rise of the Delta variant and the fact that children under 12 are not yet eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. Only about 18% of eligible students in the district are fully immunized, officials said, ciboth data from the Fulton County Board of Health, and about 58% of district employees have reported that they are fully immunized or plan to be, the district said. Learn more American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masks in schools for everyone over 2 years old, regardless of vaccinations Masks will not be required during recess or other activities The American Academy of Pediatrics said it this week recommends universal masking at school for all people over 2 years of age, regardless of their immunization status, largely because a significant number of Students are not yet eligible for vaccines, so cities, states and school districts are taking different approaches as the new school year approaches. Texas and Iowa prohibit schoolspublic to require masks, while at least six states require all K-12 students to wear masks at school: Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Washington. California requires masks in all schools, but leaves the 'application in place in the different neighborhoods. Los Angeles County last weekend a reinstated his county mask mandate for people indoors In Georgia, Governor Kemp signed an executive order effective May 31 that prevents schools from using the state. public health emergency order as the basis of the mask warrants, but does not prohibit them from requiring masks. County school districtse from DeKalb and Clayton County, both located in the Atlanta area, have announced that they will need masks when school starts in early August.