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Published August 19, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
In a letter issued to parents, teachers and staff, the Director of Anderson County Schools stated that the district will reinstate a mask mandate for students and staff if a school exceeds a 2% positivity rate.
Dr. Tim Parrott, Director of Schools, wrote “Mask wearing will continue for 10 days or until the case count percentages go down. The Director of Nurses will track this data daily.”
In the letter, Parrott noted that the district is seeing the number of COVID cases increasing every day and said, “Looking at last year’s data, we know that social distancing and masks work.”
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Parrott also outlined how only students and staff who are not wearing a mask and socially distancing will be subject to contact tracing.
“We will not contact trace or quarantine anyone that is wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. We will still contact trace all students and staff that are not wearing a mask,” Parrott said.
The announcement follows Governor Lee’s Executive Order 84, issued on August 16th, that requires all Tennessee Schools to give parents the choice to opt their children out of mask-wearing.
Parrott does state the district will follow Lee’s order but that parents must complete an opt-out form found in the parent portal on Skyward.
Parrott wrote, “A separate form must be completed for each student for whom you are giving permission.”
“By implementing this plan, we will be able to address a specific school’s needs and keep the school open for face-to-face instruction,” Parrott said.
About the Author:
Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com