Knox County School Board meets in special session to discuss COVID-19

The meeting will address new COVID procedures.
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 3:45 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:10 PM EDT
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Knox County School Board Special COVID Meeting

LIVE: The Knox County School Board meets in a special session to discuss new COVID-19 guidelines in schools

Posted by WVLT on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County School Board called for a special meeting Friday to address the rising COVID-19 cases the school system has seen.

At the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday evening, the Board is expected to discuss mandatory isolation leave for employees who test positive for COVID-19, changes to the school system’s COVID-19 tracker and the number of absences allowed during the school year.

The meeting will also address a universal mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors while indoors and on school busses. They will also discuss a mandate for Pre-K through fifth grade students. This, according to the meeting’s agenda.

The call for a special meeting comes as active COVID-19 cases in the school district nears 700 with 691 active cases, according to the dashboard. Almost 20 percent of students were absent from Knox County Schools Monday, Aug. 30.

Board member Virginia Babb told WVLT News that she is glad the meeting was called, since she wants to address community concerns around COVID-19. She also said state leadership has changed some directives around the pandemic.

“Since our last board meeting much has changed about the spread of COVID as well as directives we are receiving from our state leadership,” Babb said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases among students more than tripled over the last week, going from, 178 to 648, also according to the dashboard.

The discussion meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m., but voting will take place at the next meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the meetings will be limited to those who have signed up to speak.

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