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Opposing RCS Proposed Public Engagement Rules, Alternatives Offered

Intro Rutherford Students First opposes the proposed changes to the public engagement rules at Rutherford County Board of Education meetings. The practical reasons are outlined below, along with an explanation for why we oppose the Board’s changes. Beyond our opposition, we have also provided an alternative policy which would address the basic problems the Board is attempting to solve without inhibiting anyone’s rights. Why Do We Oppose the Board’s Proposed Policy? As any school board considers new policies or changes to existing policies, some core… Read More »Opposing RCS Proposed Public Engagement Rules, Alternatives Offered

Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

Big 3 items for school related Covid policy in the bill that just passed the Tennessee Legislature on 10.30.21. Summarized from the Tennessee Legislature’s Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 9077 / Senate Bill No. 9014. Quarantining in schools: The language is clear that only the State Health Commissioner has the “sole authority” to quarantine, and the committee summary of the bill passed says: “A local health entity or official, mayor, governmental entity, or school does not have the authority to quarantine a person… Read More »Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

RCS Board Meeting Follow-Up, 10.15.2021

Key notes. 1. Mask policy for RCS staff is changing to optional. – Teachers can now choose to wear masks or not. – Rutherford Students First likes any policy where individuals retain personal choice BUT the proposal for change was first stated at the Thursday meeting with no public notice other than a general topic discussion on an agenda item of Covid policy changes. Before that moment, no one knew about any specific changes (good or bad). Inserting the actual change in policy after the… Read More »RCS Board Meeting Follow-Up, 10.15.2021

The RCS Board Seeks to Reduce Parental Engagement and Intimidate the Public

At last night’s Board discussion (10.11.21), there were 5 sheriffs for the 4 people in the audience. After the session, as people went to speak with Board members or RCS staff, sheriffs closed in around them. To our knowledge, no person has threatened any Board member or threatened to become violent in anyway. We are happy to preemptively condemn any such behavior. At this meeting, there were zero speakers from the public and not a single remotely questionable engagement of any kind. So why are… Read More »The RCS Board Seeks to Reduce Parental Engagement and Intimidate the Public

Updated Ideas for Handling Covid in RCS

The school board refuses to have a discussion over any ideas for dealing with Covid outside of masks and contact tracing, both of which violate parent’s rights and Tennessee law in how they are currently being handled. With the school district building their Covid policy on a discriminatory foundation of removing healthy, non-symptomatic, and Covid-free students from school only because they aren’t wearing a mask, they are both breaking the law and ignoring a wide variety of other solutions. We have posted these ideas in… Read More »Updated Ideas for Handling Covid in RCS

Student Punished for Not Wearing a Mask in Rutherford County Schools

RSF note: this parent is reaching out to the school to resolve this issue, but we are highlighting this story to point out the ongoing arbitrary and pointless application of Covid-related rules in RCS To be clear, there is no standing RCS policy that allows any student to be treated differently for any reason. We have previously reported stories of an RCS high school segregating students after asking their vaccination status (totally inappropriate). Now students are being treated differently because they are not wearing a… Read More »Student Punished for Not Wearing a Mask in Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford County Schools Mask Policy Must Be Suspended

PRESS RELEASE, Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 Rutherford County Schools Mask Policy Must Be Suspended Because District Processes Not Followed. New Policy and Vote Required. An attorney for Rutherford County Schools (RCS) has confirmed that no record of a mask policy being filed through a Policy Committee or the Director of Schools exists. This step is required before bringing any policy before the public or enacting any RCS policy changes. Because the proper process was not followed, the mask policy changes discussed in RCS Board… Read More »Rutherford County Schools Mask Policy Must Be Suspended

RCS Mask Opt-Out Form

The RCS mask opt-out form can be found here. From RCS official announcement:  September 10, 2021, Rutherford County Schools The Rutherford County Board of Education passed a temporary, 30-day mask requirement last night that applies to students, employees and visitors to all schools. The policy goes into effect Sept. 13, 2021. The approved motion (the text is included below) also includes metrics to determine when the policy will be deactivated or reactivated.   Under Gov. Lee’s Executive Order 84, parents do have the option to… Read More »RCS Mask Opt-Out Form

Challenge to Board Mask Policy Process

This letter was sent to the School Board, Director of Schools and staff attorney on September 10, 2021. Hello Sara Page, Board Members and Director Spurlock, I spoke on the problem of process at the Board meeting, and have spoken privately to Board members about this same problem. The Covid policy motion voted upon at the Sept 9th Board meeting could not have been voted upon because it did not appear on the September 9th meeting agenda, nor had it been made public prior to the… Read More »Challenge to Board Mask Policy Process

Feeling Down About RCS Mask Fight?

For anyone feeling down about the RCS mask fight, don’t. We have only every wanted parent choice on masks. We don’t believe anyone should be inhibited from wearing masks either, BTW. It’s always been about choice. Regardless of what the School Board does, you can still make the choice that you believe is best for your kids. Whether the RCS mask opt-out form existed or not, your right to choose remains in place. This group was not started only to oppose mask mandates. There are… Read More »Feeling Down About RCS Mask Fight?