District Updates Health, Wellness Guidelines
Published July 27, 2021
When students return to school August 6, face coverings will be encouraged, but not required, for students, staff and visitors. That's according to the district's updated Health and Wellness Guidelines.
“While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued additional national guidance for schools on July 27, we will continue to monitor our situation in Williamson County when making decisions,” said WCS Executive Director of Health and Safety Gary Anderson. “Last year, we were able to keep students in the buildings largely because we addressed the situation at the classroom level. We will continue to look at local metrics such as community vaccination rates and community transmission as well as cases in our school buildings to see if we need to make adjustments to our protocols.”
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended masks for everyone in schools above age two. However, both institutions recognize that school districts might not need to utilize all their recommended prevention strategies based on local conditions. The CDC stated that localities may utilize fewer COVID-19 prevention strategies based on community transmission levels, vaccination coverage and local policies.
Currently, more than 50 percent of Williamson County residents are fully vaccinated, the highest in the State, and the county is experiencing low hospitalization rates for COVID-19.
The district's Health and Wellness staff has consulted with local health authorities, and prepared the following guidelines based on information available at this time:
- Masks for students, staff and visitors are not required but are encouraged for those who would prefer to use one.
- Students under the age of 12 are advised to wear masks since they have not been eligible to receive the vaccine.
- Quarantines are the responsibility of the health department.
To view the complete guidelines, visit the WCS Health and Wellness page.