Jerry S. Boyd
Director of Schools
405 W. College St.
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone (423) 753-1100
TO: All Washington County Schools (TN) Families
FROM: Jerry S. Boyd, Superintendent
DATE: Sunday, November 14, 2021
SUBJECT: WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS (TN) UPDATED COVID-19 PROTOCOLS -- Effective Immediately
With the signing of the Tennessee Senate Bill 9014 into law by Governor Bill Lee on Friday, November 12, 2021, Washington County Schools will no longer have a face covering (mask) requirement for any student, employee, or visitor in any school building or bus. Effective immediately, face coverings are optional. Individual employees and students may continue to wear face coverings for personal protection if they so choose.
Per the newly enacted law, the Tennessee Commissioner of Health has the sole authority to determine quarantine guidelines. For Washington County, the Northeast Regional Health Department will be responsible for all contract tracing associated with COVID-19 cases, including any communication to any citizen of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
Washington County Schools will continue to follow all allowable measures to prevent the spread of any communicable disease which may endanger the health of either an individual or others in the regular school setting. If/when an individual student or employee has a communicable disease that may endanger the health of either himself/herself or other individuals in a school setting, the individual will be excluded from the school setting until certiﬁcation is obtained from a physician or the County Health Department that the disease is no longer communicable.
Additional information and guidance will be routinely updated on the Washington County Schools website: www.wcde.org.