Students at Williamson County Schools and in the Franklin Special Schools District will continue to be required to wear mask indefinitely, following an Oct. 6 announcement from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to communication sent to WCS parents, a previous order blocking Gov. Bill Lee's Executive Order No. 84—which allowed parents to have their children opt out of mask requirements—was set to expire Oct. 5. However, that order has been extended, pending a future hearing, according to the district.

"This means that at this time, WCS will continue to follow the court’s temporary restraining order issued on Friday, Sept. 24, enjoining Gov. Bill Lee from enforcing Executive Order 84, which allowed parents to opt out of the Williamson County Board of Education’s mask mandate on a purely voluntary basis, and ordering WCS to enforce its mandate without exception for the voluntary opt out," WCS Director of Communications Carol Birdsong said in an email.

The court order does not apply to previous exemptions granted by the districts for health and religious reasons. Both districts have approved masks mandates that are slated to last through January.

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