Germantown schools reinstitute mask requirement with latest COVID-19 surge

(source: WMC Action News 5)
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 2:18 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Students and staff at Germantown Municipal School District will be required to wear a mask when they return after the Christmas break.

The Germantown Board of Education met Friday to discuss the new COVID-19 surge and the omicron variant. The board released this statement after the meeting:

Students are scheduled to return for the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Shelby County set new records for daily case increases two days in a row with more than 3,000 cases reported Friday. There are currently 13,707 active cases in the county, and more than 2,800 are among children.

The health department issued a new health order set to take effect on New Year’s Day that requires masks in schools covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Some schools made masks optional after the Tennessee General Assembly passed the COVID-19 omnibus bill, which blocked mask mandates; however, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state from enforcing the legislation.

A final order on that case has not been issued, but Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Education Secretary Penny Schwinn filed a motion to stay the injunction Wednesday. Records show a status hearing is scheduled for next month.

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