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UPDATE: RuCo school board failed to take action Tuesday, leaving masks-optional policy in place for now

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — The Rutherford County School Board failed to make any adjustments to its system-wide mask policy after calling a special meeting Tuesday evening to debate the issue.*

The Board held a 3 hour meeting but no final decision was forthcoming. WTVF reports that a number of parents spoke. Some voiced support for a mask requirement. Others urged the board to stay with the current masks optional policy.

The school board has a regularly scheduled meeting planned for Thursday evening. It isn't clear if the mask issue will be addressed again at that time.

School administrators reported 646 teachers and staff in COVID-19 quarantine or isolation last week. Just over a thousand students were reported virus positive this past week. Well over 10,000 students were in quarantine at least one day during the week that ended Friday.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was corrected 9/8/2021 at 4:22 p.m. to correct the date of the next school board meeting. Changes were also made to make it clear that no date has been set to continue discussion on the mask issue.