Students and staff at Williamson County school districts will be required to wear masks on campus through the rest of the calendar year.

During its Sept. 20 meeting, the Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted 8-4 to extend the mask mandate through Jan. 19, 2022. The requirement will apply to all students, staff and visitors, according to the district.

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said previously granted exemptions, including those granted under Gov. Bill Lee's executive order, would still apply throughout the mandate. Lee's order expires Oct. 5, according to the executive order, but could be renewed by the governor.

Since the mandate was implemented for all students and staff in late August, active cases have dropped throughout the district, according to data from WCS. As of Sept. 17, 224 students and 76 staff members had a confirmed positive case. Golden said that if case levels drop to those seen during the summer, the board could reconsider the mandate.

Additionally, the Franklin Special School District also approved Sept. 20 an extension of its mask mandate, which will last through Jan. 11, according to the district, which plans to discuss the requirement each month during its regularly scheduled meetings.