Williamson County School Board held a special meeting to discuss COVID-19 strategic response

Lenny Schumacher

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NASHVILLE, TN - Williamson County Schools Board called a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26 that has been broadcasted via YouTube. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss a strategic response to the COVID-19 situation especially among students and school members. The meeting discussed three main motions, temporary mask mandate for middle and high schoolers, remote learning resolution, and COVID sick leave resolution.

The WCS currently have a mask mandate for elementary schools, but there has been no requirement for middle and high school students. On Thursday's meeting, a motion was proposed to have a temporary mask mandate in middle and high schools until Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. The motion passed and will be effective immediately.

The school board also discussed the possibility of the WCS holding remote learning for its students. The reason behind this is currently under the guideline of the Tennessee State of Emergency and Gov. Bill Lee, school districts can't hold remote learning for the students if the school can't perform in-person lessons due to the COVID-19 situation. The school, however, have 10 stockpile days, which means to shutdown school operation due to illness. Meanwhile, the WCS last year successfully held remote learning, and they want to be able to do that again if the school teachers or students have to be in quarantine.

The last agenda at the meeting was about COVID sick leave. The proposal was to grant up to 10 days of paid leave if a teacher or school staff can't go to school because of quarantine. They are required to show positive PCR tests or healthcare provider notes. This condition will be effective starting from Aug. 2, 2021, until May 31, 2022.

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