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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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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.