Coffee County Schools to require masks beginning August 12

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 11:48:28-04

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WTVF) — Coffee County Schools will require masks to be worn in all areas beginning August 12.

The district said the decision was made Monday at a school board meeting. Under the requirements, masks must be worn in all areas, including transportation, if social distancing of six feet isn’t possible.

If social distancing is more than six feet, the district said mask requirements will be implemented at the discretion of school personnel – including bus drivers, teachers and administration officials. They said mask use during extracurricular activities will be under the guidance of the governing body, such as the TSSAA.

Documentation will be required for exemptions.

Parents whose children can’t attend school under the requirement have a virtual option. Applications for remote learning can be picked up at the Coffee County Schools central office in the Administrative Plaza.

“Coffee County Schools requests continued patience from our families and our community as we begin our school year in a safe and effective manner,” school officials said in part.

Coffee County schools are currently operating on a hybrid schedule to break up the number of students at a school any given day.