2021-22 Board of Education Meeting/Work Session Notes » BOE Called Meeting Notes - August 27, 2021

BOE Called Meeting Notes - August 27, 2021

The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a called meeting on Friday, August 27, 2021.  One item was discussed:
  • Consideration of the implementation of a mask mandate for Kingsport City Schools, subject to Tennessee Governor Executive Order #84 (Aug. 16, 2021).
Meeting Audio
Detailed Called Meeting Notes
 
At today's called meeting, the Board met to consider the implementation of a mask mandate for Kingsport City Schools, subject to Tennessee Governor Executive Order #84 (Aug. 16, 2021).
  • In order to facilitate public input in an efficient and orderly fashion, the Board allowed two 20-minute comment periods, one for those wishing to speak in favor of implementing a mask mandate and one for those who wish to speak against implementing a mask mandate.  
    • Individuals providing comment to the Board today signed-up prior to the start of the meeting indicating their desire to speak before the Board.
    • Those who submitted written communication to the Board prior to the called meeting did so via email at info@k12k.com. These emails were given to each Board member.
    • Individuals providing public comment were required to identify themselves by name and address and were limited to three (3) minutes in length for comment.
    • Per Kingsport Board of Education Board Policy 1.404 - Public Communication at Board Meetings, all comments were a matter of public record. 
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After public comment and Board discussion, the Board voted 4-1 to institute a mask mandate for students, staff, and visitors in KCS facilities, from Tuesday, August 31, 2021 through Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
 
Details of the mask requirement include:
  • The wearing of face masks is required from Tuesday, August 31, 2021 through Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
  • The face mask mandate applies to Pre-K through 12th grade students, staff, and visitors inside all KCS facilities from arrival at school through the end of the instructional school day.
    • Exceptions: KCS employees and visitors may elect to opt-out of the face mask mandate; Exceptions could apply in courses such as wellness and band.
  • Per Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order #84, a student's parent or guardian shall have the right to opt out of any order or requirement for a student in kindergarten through twelfth-grade to wear a face covering at school, on a school bus, or at school functions, by affirmatively notifying KCS. KCS is extending this opt out option to include Pre-K students. Parents/Guardians may opt-out their child by completing the online form located at www.k12k.com or by completing a written form at their child(s) school.
 
Click here to view the revised KCS Health and Safety Protocols approved during today's called meeting.
The next meeting of the Board of Education will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the Tennessee Room of the Administrative Support Center (400 Clinchfield Street).
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