The Knox County School Board is considering a face mask policy for the schools. 1st District Representative Evetty Satterfield proposed the measure at the board meeting Wednesday night. Satterfield argued, since opening schools was a district-wide decision, a district-wide mask policy should be implemented.
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Under the proposal all students, staff and visitors would be required to wear a face mask at all times while attending school or a school function in any school building, and when riding school-provided transportation. Also, all masks and face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.
There are exemptions to the policy:
- Students, employees, and visitors may remove masks or face coverings for eating and drinking;
- Students, employees, and visitors may be exempted from this policy by the school principal due to a documented medical condition; and students with health, behavioral, or other disability concerns, as noted in his or her IEP or 504 plan(s), will be addressed on an individual basis and afforded all protections and safeguards under federal and state law;
- Students, employees, and visitors may remove masks or face coverings on a case-by-case basis for specific instructional needs and other activities, as determined by the principal in consultation with the teacher, and permission will not be unreasonably withheld, in which case the teacher will utilize appropriate social distancing measures; and
- Students, employees, and visitors may be exempted from this policy due to special behavioral or individualized needs as determined by the school principal.
Students would receive warnings, but could be sent home if they refuse to wear a mask. Staff would be subject to reprimand through Board Policy, and visitors who refuse to comply would be asked leave.
During discussion one of the board members called the measure “too restrictive.”