1000+ opt-out of masks in municipal schools, hundreds in quarantine, officials say

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Over 1,000 students in local municipal schools have opted out of wearing masks at school.

One day after Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 84 to give parents the ability to opt their child out of a local mask mandate, 972 students in Collierville Schools had officially submitted the notice by either e-mail or handwritten note to opt-out, school officials reported.

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There are 8,710 students enrolled in Collierville Schools. The 972 students who have opted out of wearing masks represent more than 11 percent of the students system-wide.

More than 200 Collierville students are in quarantine after the first week of school.

Collierville Schools officials reported 241 students are in quarantine as of Tuesday. The district’s first day of class was August 9.

Many of the cases were identified before the governor’s executive order was announced.

The district’s dashboard shows 72 students have had COVID-19 since the first day of school. There are currently 42 active cases.

Collierville High has had the most with 21, and 12 of those are active.

Every school has had positive cases.

Five employees currently have COVID-19, and there have been seven total cases since school started.

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In Arlington Community Schools, 12% of parents have opted their children out of masking.

In Bartlett City Schools, 155 (1.8%) parents have opted their children out of masking out of 8500 students across 11 schools.

In the Germantown Municipal School District, approximately 14.6% of the student population opted out of facial coverings.

In the Lakeland School System, parents have chosen to opt out just under 200 of the 1850 students in the district, so nearly 90% of students were in masks Tuesday.

In Millington Municipal School District, 40 students have opted out of wearing masks.

According to Superintendent James Bo Griffin, 17 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of school. Three staff members have tested positive.

As of Aug. 17, 50 students were in quarantine, Griffin said.

One staff member was quarantined.