If a parent refuses to send an enrolled student to Henry County Public Schools based on the mask mandate, that student and parent face truancy issues. There is not a virtual option at this time beyond home hospital exemptions or quarantined students working virtually for a specified time.
Henry County Public Schools and its Board of Education had hoped to respect family choice in regard to their students wearing masks at school. However, as long as the governor’s Executive Order and KBE orders remain in effect, they have the force of law. According to legal counsel, a district’s refusal to comply creates the potential for loss of insurance coverage, loss of governmental and official qualified immunity, and possible litigation to require compliance. In addition, individual board members and administrators could face arrest and criminal charges for failure to enforce the mandate.
While we are ready and hopeful to teach all of our students, we understand that some parents have difficult choices to make for their children, and we want you to have an opportunity to process this expectation prior to Monday, August 16.
The overwhelming majority of our students and families have been flexible and resilient, and we greatly appreciate your support, collaboration and cooperation. We look forward to a productive and successful school year!