This comes as school districts throughout the state are attempting to manage the COVID-19 crisis with limited tools.
Besides Lee outlawing school boards from enforcing mask mandates and there are no approved vaccines for those under 12.
Lee didn’t take questions following a state workforce board meeting and avoided questions at his second public appearance for the day in Columbia.
Dr. Jason Martin, a Sumner County ICU doctor and possible Democratic general election opponent of Governor Bill Lee is calling for a temporary mask mandate as students are filling emergency rooms in the state.
“We need you, Governor Lee, to implement temporary mask requirements in school-aged children just to reduce the spread of the virus in our public schools and we also think it’s a priority to protect the health and safety of our teachers and students,” said Martin.
The Health Department announced this week that school-aged children now make up 36% of all COVID-19 cases in Tennessee.