WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Williamson County School Board voted Monday evening to extend the district’s mask mandate.
The board voted 8-to-4 to extend the universal mask mandate for all schools and grade levels.
Ahead of Monday night’s meeting, Superintendent Jason Golden said he planned on extending the mask mandate in all Williamson County Schools, pointing to the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the district steadily declining.
Still, much debate came from parents and students who wanted to have their voices heard. One mother stating, “get back to education, get away from health mandates.”
Last week, the district reported 76 staff members and 224 students were in isolation with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.
One man addressed the board directly, speaking out against mask-wearing a day after his niece died.
“Yesterday I lost my beautiful niece when she took her own life due to depression. You will no longer ignore the negative consequences of masking our children for your political gain.”
The mask mandate will remain in place until January 2022.
Back in August, Governor Bill Lee signed a controversial executive order, allowing parents to opt their children out of school mask mandates. The Williamson County School Board plans to revisit the opt-out option once the executive order expires on October 5.