Back to School, Back to Masks

The Daily Memphian reports that the Germantown Municipal School District will return to classes this month with a mask mandate.

Germantown Municipal School District students will return to school and must wear face coverings. 

Staff will return Monday, Jan. 3 for a professional development day and they must also wear masks. Classes will resume for students Tuesday, Jan. 4. All visitors must also wear face coverings during the school day on GMSD campuses.

The suburb’s Board of Education met in a special called meeting Friday, Dec. 31. The agenda simply stated “safety protocols” when it was released Thursday afternoon. The board approved the requirement in a 4-1 vote and the issue will be reviewed again on Jan. 19. Board member Brian Curry cast the lone dissenting vote.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has attempted to prevent school districts from issuing mask mandates, but Lee’s legislative attempt to usurp local authority has been repeatedly blocked in court.

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