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Power has been restored at Riverdale.  If anything changes, we will keep you updated. (9:38 am)
There is currently a power outage at Riverdale School and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Estimated time of repair is 9:30 am.  At this time, we are planning on starting school as normal.  If there is a change in conditions, we will update our plan accordingly.

Update to our previous notification:

GMSD and GPD are continuing their investigations. The threat has not been substantiated, but there will be elevated support by local law enforcement and school officials in the morning.  

Houston High School will proceed with school tomorrow, but will provide leniency for those who are tardy or absent out of an abundance of caution.  Making a false threat is a very serious offense, and we continue to encourage any students or parents with information to share tips through Anonymous Alerts. Please visit Let's Talk to speak with an administrator on any other matters.


School officials were made aware of a possible threat to Houston High School this afternoon.  A message stating, “HHS School Shooting 4-14-22, 7 a.m.” has been found on a restroom wall.  School officials and local law enforcement are investigating the alleged threat.  The text was physically written in the bathroom and we are asking families and students to reach out to our team via Anonymous Alerts if they have any information regarding this threat.


Until further notice, school will proceed as normal with additional law enforcement presence.

GMSD will share updates with parents as soon as they become available.  Thank you for your understanding as we continue to focus on student safety while maintaining an impactful, instructional day for your child.

After delays caused by mechanical issues, a geotechnical consultant will resume collecting underground boring samples along the northbound lane of Forest Hill Irene Road, between Poplar Avenue and Dogwood Road, on Wednesday, March 23. The work is expected to take place between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be completed by Thursday, March 24. Flagmen will be on site to direct traffic as the boring occurs. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternative route if possible.

map showing that the traffic obstruction

1.19.2022 District Notification:  GMSD returning to masks highly recommended
7:47 p.m.
After careful consideration of local circumstances, GMSD will no longer require universal masking.  Beginning Thursday, January 20, 2022, masks will be highly recommended for all students, staff, and visitors in the Germantown Municipal School District.
After careful consideration of current circumstances, including uncertainties regarding the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, lack of finalized school guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health, and GMSD’s desire to maintain in-person instruction and learning, GMSD is returning to a mask requirement during normal school hours on January 3, 2022, subject to review during the Germantown Board of Education’s work session on January 19.
GMSD desires to make every effort to keep all members of the GMSD community safe and limit loss of in-person instruction and learning.

12:00 PM--Following a preliminary investigation, the Germantown Police Department believes that the circulating photo is the same photo or a similar photo to other images being circulated across the country. GPD and GMSD do not believe there is a posed threat to Houston High School or any other GMSD schools at this time.

The social media image, “HHS shooting 12/10/21” is wall art that is circulating nationally and is affecting school operations with the initials “HHS” across the country today.  GPD and GMSD are continuing to monitor the campus out of an abundance of caution.  


We are writing to make you aware of an image of a written message allegedly written in a Houston High School bathroom and posted on social media that says, “HHS Shooting 12/10/21.”  The Germantown Police Department has been notified and is investigating in cooperation with the GMSD administration.  There will be an increased law enforcement presence on campus.  Any individuals having information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact us or law enforcement.


The GPD has issued the following statement regarding the matter: 

The department is aware of a snap chat photo which has been circulating among Houston High School students which depicts apparent graffiti with the message “HHS Shooting 12/10/21”. Germantown Police are on scene at the school conducting an investigation into this matter. Additional resources have been deployed to all GMSD Schools out of an abundance of caution. 

Also, it has come to our attention that there has been a recent prevalence of similar threatening images circulating on social media of messages being written on school bathroom walls across the nation.  Please take this opportunity to discuss this with your child.  We take these types of threats seriously, which includes reporting to law enforcement.  Students who commit these kinds of infractions or create these social media posts are subject to school discipline as well as law enforcement action.

Thank you for working with us to keep our schools safe.


District Notification November 15, 2021

GMSD to follow Nashville Federal Judge’s order to continue requiring masks 


Over the weekend, we issued a notice to parents stating that a new state law took effect on Friday which prohibited mandatory mask wearing.  Over the same weekend, a lawsuit was filed in Nashville requesting that the Federal Judge stop the state law from taking effect.  


Sunday, the Federal Judge in Nashville specifically ordered that the parties “maintain the status quo”, as of Thursday, November 11. At today’s status conference, it is our understanding that the Federal Judge specifically stated that because one of the Plaintiffs in the new lawsuit is a student at Germantown Municipal School District, the Germantown Municipal School District must maintain its mask wearing requirement as of Thursday, November 11.  Therefore, since masks were required in our school district as of Thursday, November 11, we will follow the Judge’s order and continue requiring masks in our schools until further notice.   We ask for your patience while this case is being decided.  

We are aware of this afternoon’s ruling by U.S. Middle District Court judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. concerning new legislation that was passed into law regarding masking in schools. Due to the late notice and our desire to be sure we are in compliance with the appropriate legal or legislative requirements at any given time, our legal counsel will review the new order as well as the outcome of a scheduled hearing that will take place Monday afternoon. 

After a thorough evaluation of the implications of this and any subsequent developments, our school system will issue updated guidance to our parents and students as necessary. For the time being, we will proceed with our previous announcement that masks will be highly recommended for students, staff, and visitors on Monday, November 15th.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

November 13, 2021

Important Updates to Masking Procedures in GMSD


Several new laws were passed by the Tennessee Legislature, including Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 14-2-104, which states that “a school or a governing body of a school shall not require a person to wear a face covering while on school property[.]”   Until further notice,  masks will be highly recommended for all students, staff and visitors on GMSD campuses but will no longer be required. 


There are certain exceptions to Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 14-2-104 as well as pending Federal Court lawsuits that could possibly impact whether face coverings must be worn on school property in the future.


We will continue to keep you updated on any developments that may impact your child’s school. Finally, GMSD will continue to report COVID cases at the school wide level.  As a reminder, you can also view the GMSD COVID Dashboard to stay up-to-date on the latest positive cases in our district.


Today, U.S. District Court Judge, Sheryl H. Lipman, issued a temporary restraining order, which prohibits school districts from enforcing Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order No. 84.  The judge’s ruling removes the parent-opt out from the Shelby County Health Department’s mask-mandate.

Beginning Tuesday, September 7th, masks will be mandated for all person(s) vaccinated and unvaccinated while indoors in a GMSD school building.

*If your child has a valid CDC exemption and is unable to wear a mask, please reach out to your school administration. Documentation from a medical provider specifically listing a CDC exemption MUST be provided per the language of the SCHD.

DISTRICT NOTIFICATION 8.16.21 GMSD response to TN Executive Order No. 84 & Face Covering Opt-out


GMSD Families,

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 84 into law.  According to the new executive order:

I, Governor Bill Lee, do hereby order that 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 in writing the local education agency or personnel at the student’s school.

If you’d like to read the entire Executive Order, please click here.

For families that are planning to opt-out, Germantown Municipal School District is requiring the following standardized form be used to submit your opt-out intent:

Germantown Municipal School District Face Covering Opt-Out


This Executive Order does not apply to adults visiting the building or to school staff.  This order is only applicable to students.

All adults and staff members are required to wear masks while on GMSD campuses during the school day, in accordance with Shelby County Health Directive No. 24.


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12.31.21  District Notification:  

GMSD Families,

After sharing changes in our Back to School Safety Plan with you yesterday afternoon in our Weekly Roundup, we received several questions and requests from caregivers. GMSD reached out to the Shelby County Health Department for clarification on several of the changes outlined in the amendment.  They’ve sent us further information which we have used to make updates to our Back to School Safety Plan.  Please review the updates as you prepare for the first day of school.  

The significant updates include:

As requirements and protocols change, we will continue to keep you informed in real-time.  We also encourage you to reach out with additional questions via Let’s Talk.  Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing our students on Monday.