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Mask mandate for Rutherford County Schools gains momentum

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WZTV) —Rutherford County School Board Chairman Coy Young says he "definitely" agrees with some parents, students, and educators who argue there’s no time to waste due to increasing state-wide COVID rates.

After a special meeting that lasted more than three hours this week, the decision on masks remains in limbo.

“I hope that with some of the information shared tonight that information will be considered and help us make a determination tomorrow night," Young said. "We wanted to make sure we hear both sides. We want to analyze all the data. All the information to try and get a good feel for where we are before we vote.”

Wednesday's follow-up work session meeting involved drastic COVID case rates and a stern recommendation from Rutherford County Schools' Director of Health Services Sarah Winters.

“We’ve had more cases in the first five weeks on school now than we had all of last year,” Winters explained. “With these figures in mind and after listening to all of the people talking last night I would make the recommendation that masks be required for staff and students until the weekly student case drops to less than 100 per week for two consecutive weeks.”

Young said they’ll be meeting again Thursday. At that point, if someone feels comfortable enough to move forward with a motion they can.

“A motion has to be seconded," Young said. "One the motion is seconded there will be a roll call vote and a decision made at that time.”

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