Masks to be optional at Collierville schools

(Smith, Courtney | WMC Action News 5)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM CDT
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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - Collierville Schools announced that masks will become optional effective Monday, May 17 for students and employees.

The decision comes after Governor Bill Lee and the Shelby County Health Department announced the mask mandate will change from being a requirement to a recommendation.

According to the school district, there has not been a confirmed student case of COVID-19 since early May and all staff members have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Collierville Schools will continue to encourage students and staff to maintain social distancing and frequent handwashing while its Coordinated School Health division continues to manage and monitor district-wide mitigation strategies.

The masking update will continue into the summer learning camps and the 2021-2022 school year.

Some other school districts in the mid-south, such as Bartlett City Schools, are reviewing the updated health directive and other guidance to make plans for the upcoming school year. Bartlett City Schools’ current procedures will remain in place through the end of this school year. The school district feels it would difficult to enact changes with just a few days left in the current school term.

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