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Upset Knox County parents and staff rally before school board meeting

Upset parents, staff and students in Knox County Schools hosted a rally urging school board members to follow the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 6:47 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Upset parents, staff and students in Knox County Schools hosted a rally urging school board members to follow the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for COVID in the classroom.

The rally took place before the Knox County Schools Board of Education special session where the Board discussed COVID-19.

They wanted the CDC guidelines to be followed including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and temperature checks.

Stephanie Kodish has a son in eighth grade, and she worries about his health because policies aren’t in place.

“We’ve had ongoing conversations about whether it makes sense for him to continue going there or look at other options which is heartbreaking because we want him to be a part of the public school system,” said Kodish.

At the meeting, the Board decided not to instate a universal mask mandate. Instead, the Board decided to implement a school-by-school contact tracing dashboard.

Jason Myers, executive director of student support services, spoke on contact tracing in Knox County Schools.

“We currently have no way to track who is quarantining and who isn’t,” said Myers. “If you ask me today how many we have in quarantine, I can’t tell you that, because I don’t know.”

The Board plans to meet again next Wednesday to discuss the topic further.

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