Germantown Municipal School District continues mask requirement

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 8:47 PM CST
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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (WMC) - Officials with Germantown Municipal School District said students will be required to mask up in class.

This is an issue that has taken several twists and turns over the past several days.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation Friday, banning school mask mandates, but on the same day, a federal judge in Memphis said the Shelby County Health Department must continue to enforce its health order, which requires students to wear masks. Then Sunday, a federal judge in Nashville doubled down, temporarily blocking the new state law.

Monday, Germantown issued the following statement:

“GMSD to follow Nashville Federal Judge’s order to continue requiring masks

Over the weekend, we issued a notice to parents stating that a new state law took effect on Friday which prohibited mandatory mask wearing. Over the same weekend, a lawsuit was filed in Nashville requesting that the Federal Judge stop the state law from taking effect.

Sunday, the Federal Judge in Nashville specifically ordered that the parties “maintain the status quo”, as of Thursday, November 11. At today’s status conference, it is our understanding that the Federal Judge specifically stated that because one of the Plaintiffs in the new lawsuit is a student at Germantown Municipal School District, the Germantown Municipal School District must maintain its mask wearing requirement as of Thursday, November 11. Therefore, since masks were required in our school district as of Thursday, November 11, we will follow the Judge’s order and continue requiring masks in our schools until further notice. We ask for your patience while this case is being decided.”

Action News 5 reached out to all six municipal districts in Shelby County.

Lakeland and Collierville referred us to their statements issued over the weekend, saying masks remain optional for now. We are still waiting to hear from Millington, Bartlett, and Arlington.

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