In a 7-5 vote, the district's board of education voted on a measure that would end a mask mandate that had been in effect for the past several weeks. Officials had discussed removing the requirement during its most recent board work session; however legislative action from Gov. Bill Lee and a federal lawsuit regarding school mandates cast some doubt over whether the requirement should be removed.
According to Superintendent Jason Golden, the district received advice from WCS's legal counsel to defer making any decisions regarding the requirement until the district received further guidance from the US District Court of Middle Tennessee, which has filed a lawsuit against Lee's legislation barring some school mandates.
Despite that advice, a majority of school board officials approved removing the requirements. Students and staff can still wear masks on campus if they choose to do so, according to the district. The district's mask requirement was originally slated to expire in January.