RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Rutherford County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to require students to wear masks in schools.  

The decision cane after a nearly two-hour discussion by school board members, who at first were divided on the issue. 

Some board members said they favored an option where principals of each individual school could decide whether or not they want a mask mandate. But school principals weighed in saying teachers, principals and staff want consistency in a school board decision.  

Schools will be purchasing masks for students. They’re working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to provide two masks per child. Right now, they have received 11,000 of those masks and are working to get a number on how many more will be provided. 

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