Although the start of the school year is still a few weeks away, many parents are wondering how the 2021-22 school year will look for Williamson County Schools students.

On July 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines regarding safety precautions for students and staff in K-12 schools. According to the CDC, guidance has been revised to emphasize the importance of a return to in-person learning and to remove mask requirements for vaccinated students and staff.

Following the announcements, Williamson County Schools is expected to release information on back-to-school information. In a post on social media, Rick Wimberley, WCS board of education District 9 representative, announced the information will include how the district will move forward with COVID-19 safety precautions.

Earlier this year, Superintendent Jason Golden said with low rates of community transmission, he hopes the district will move to make masks optional, but not required. Masks are optional for summer programs in WCS and Franklin Special School District.

Some surrounding school districts have already announced masks will not be required. On July 13, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced masks would not be required, but are still highly encouraged for students and staff who have not been vaccinated.

WCS will post back-to-school information via its InFocus newsletter here.