Wilson County Schools released updated COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year

Devon Williams

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NASHVILLE, TN - After three weeks coming into the new school year, Wilson County Schools have updated the district's COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Protocols as they announced it through Facebook on Tuesday. The updated guideline was a result after the Wilson County Schools Board of Education called a special meeting right before the announcement.

The new guideline will be implemented starting from Wednesday, Aug. 25. There are three changes in the updated protocol in order to keep the schools safe from the virus spreading.

The first one is about facial coverings. Mask usage will remain optional, but if the students' weekly attendance rate drops to below 85% due to illness and quarantine, the status of facial coverings for students and school members will be upgraded to "requested." The mask mandate is still met with contradictive arguments. Some parents think that it should not be required, but there are others who said that it's necessary to reduce the transmission opportunity.

The second one is for asymptomatic close contacts, they are encouraged to always follow the Tennessee Department of Health guideline while in quarantine. This also applies to symptomatic close contacts and positive COVID-19 cases.

There will be a routine symptom check for 6-12 graders every once a week. Temperature checks will also be held if the county's seven-day new case rate exceeds 25 new cases per 100,000 people.

As the rise of new COVID-19 cases emerges in Wilson County, the schools will take the necessary effort to reduce the possibility of an outbreak in the students, teachers, or school staff. The school board will have another meeting on Sept. 8 to reevaluate things.

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