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Thu Aug 12, 2021, 10:11 AM

Knox County school board rejects proposal to let superintendent make mask decisions

The Knox County Board of Education rejected a proposal Wednesday to let the superintendent determine whether to require masks in schools.

The proposal was made as cases of the COVID-19 delta variant spike across the country, particularly in regions like East Tennessee with low vaccination rates.

In Knox County Schools, masks are optional, social distancing decisions are made by school principals and nurses are not conducting contact tracing. Federal, state and local health officials support masks for students and staff so schools can continue teaching students in-person as the pandemic continues.

Other districts around the state, including Nashville and Memphis, have put mask mandates in place in an effort to follow scientific guidelines against the delta variant.

Perhaps afraid they'll get screamed at like in Franklin, TN, the Knox County School Board lets the maskholes win

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