The Williamson County Schools Board of Education will convene for a special-called meeting Aug. 10 to discuss health guidelines in schools as active COVID-19 cases in the county continue to rise.

One item will be on the board's agenda: COVID-19 protocols. The district announced in late July it would make masks optional for students and staff, even as surrounding districts, such as Metro Nashville Public Schools, have moved to require masks again until local requirements are lifted.

In the past month, active COVID-19 cases have risen by nearly 3,000% from 37 cases on July 5 to 1,126 cases on Aug. 5, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

In an online report Aug. 3, WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district will be watching community spread as well as active cases and hospitalizations. However, Golden said should the district move to make masks required instead of optional, that would require board approval before it could be enforced.

Residents will be able to view the meeting online via the district's website.