The Franklin Special School District Board of Education will convene for a special-called meeting Aug. 20 to discuss the possibility of requiring masks for students and staff.

A temporary mask requirement is the only agenda item the board intends to discuss, and the announcement comes just a few days after Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order that allows parents to have their children opt out of local mask requirements.

While other states have banned masks mandates in school altogether, Tennessee still allows local school boards to issue mask requirements, so long as they allow parents to opt out by providing written documentation.

Williamson County Schools currently has a temporary mask requirement for students and staff at all elementary campuses that is slated to last through at least Sept. 21.