MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Shelby County suburban school district announced on Saturday it was changing a policy that allowed parents to deny children from wearing masks to school, a day after a federal judge issued an order to temporary ban against a decree of the governor.
All students, employees and visitors to Collierville Schools are required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors at any district-managed facility, unless otherwise specified, or in cases where there is a documented medical exemption. .
Any student who refuses to wear a mask in schools in Collierville will be sent home, the district said. More information can be found here.
“As a reminder, universal masking in schools significantly reduces the likelihood that a student will be forced into quarantine following classroom contact with an infected person,” Collierville Schools said on social media.
Masks are required by a Shelby County health ordinance for most people over 2 years of age, regardless of their immunization status, in many public places.
On August 16, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order granting parents the ability to remove their children from local masking requirements in schools.
Schools in Shelby County, the largest district in the state and county, continued to impose masks as the district revised its legal options on the governor’s orders, but some municipal school districts like Collierville and Germantown had allowed them. parents to choose from.
This policy was controversial in these districts, with some parents protesting the mask requirements and others protesting in their favor.
A federal judge in Memphis granted a temporary injunction against the governor’s order on Friday, in effect until September 17. The move comes after Lee was sued by two Shelby County families who claim the order violated the American With Disabilities Act. Shelby County has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Collierville Schools reported this week that there were 78 students and seven staff with active positive cases of COVID.
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