Unmasked students to be allowed in KCS buildings

Students who show up to school on Tuesday without a mask are allowed in the building but not in their regular classroom.
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 5:55 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Unmasked students will be allowed in Knox County Schools, according to Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas.

U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer ruled Friday that Knox County Schools must immediately require all staff and students to wear masks amid a legal battle.

Thomas sent an email to parents explaining that children that come to school without a mask will be allowed in the school building but they will not be in their regular classroom.

“A parent/guardian may take their child home for refusing to wear a mask, but the child’s absence will be counted as unexcused,” Thomas said in the email.

If students decide not to wear a mask or face covering inside one of Knox County Schools facilities, consequences include a verbal warning for the first and second offense, quarantine from the general population on the third offense and a parent pick-up on the fourth offense, according to the 2020-2021 mask policy.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs told WVLT News he planned to file a motion to amend the order. Jacobs said he reached the decision after meeting with the Knox County Law Department.

Jacobs asked parents to not put KCS staff or administration in the middle of the controversy.

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