Rutherford County Schools approves temporary mask mandate

Sep 09, 2021 at 06:02 pm by Michelle Willard

At its meeting held Thursday evening, Sept. 9, the Rutherford County Board of Education approved a 30-day mask requirement with a parental opt-out option. 

Board Vice Chairwoman Sheila Bratton made a motion that will require masks in county schools from Sept. 13-Oct. 14 with a few caveats. The motion passed 5-2 with Tammy Sharp and Lisa Moore dissenting.

"The motion I came up with incorporates many, many ideas ..." Bratton said before reading it aloud. "We all want a way to keep our kids in school, in person learning."

Bratton's motion as approved is: 

I move to approve a temporary mask requirement for students and Rutherford County employees for 30 days beginning Sept. 13, 2021 and running through Oct. 14, 2021, providing parents the option to opt out, subject to the following terms: 

1. The temporary mask requirement shall automatically terminate if the average weekly Rutherford County COVID-19 positivity rate is 10% or lower for three consecutive weeks.

2. If the temporary mask requirement is terminated earlier than 30 days and the COVID-19 positivity rate becomes 15% or higher, then the mask requirement shall be automatically reinstated.

3. If a masked student comes in contact with another individual with COVID-19 then the masked student is not required to quarantine unless the masked student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. 

4. This temporary mask requirement shall be reviewed again at the board meeting on Oct. 14, 2021.

Under Gov. Lee’s Executive Order 84, parents do have the option to opt-out their students from the requirement. Please note this applies only to students and not employees. Parents will need to complete this form if they wish to opt-out their students (one form submission per student is required).

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Will Severn's parents killed Grady Knox's grandmother, per their own logic....?
As long as there is an op-out for science following Americans I have no problem with this Kabuki theater. It's just sad that 5 members of the board haven't a clue to what's actually effective.
I was at the emergency room a week ago for an unrelated problem. I was there for 8 hours. The first hour and a half, 12 people walked in and were positive CoVID patents. There were a couple of things that stood out in that wait time. A late thirty years older man came in with a mark on but not covering his noise along with the COVID cough. He was asked if he was vaccinated, he said no. He was immediately moved into another room where seven or eight people were waiting along with several children. They were bring held there until a bed became available. Later, When I was admitted to one of two rooms reserved for other cases. A nurse looked frazzled. I asked her how long she had been working. She told me fourteen hours and was scheduled to come back to work about 10 hours after leaving the hospital. I then asked how busy they were with COVID. She replied," Around sixty-five a day and several children. Currently, TN is one of the three COVID hot spots in the USA. I guess some people will clutch at anything someone says or repeats several times. They won't accept the truth and facts. I do not wish anyone ill will, but I am coming to believe now that the mask haters and anti-vaccine types now are fueling the Pandemic.See Phil Valentine for details.
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