Masks no longer required by KCS; includes FHS, area graduations

Following several months of debate, Knox County’s Board of Education voted last week to sunset its mask policy as of Wednesday, May 26, which means masks will not be required for high school graduation ceremonies or summer school.

“This means that masks will be recommended but not required after the semester ends unless guidance changes,” Knox County Schools superintended Bob Thomas stated.

“Because of this decision, along with the current Tennessee Department of Health recommendations regarding outside events, masks will not be required for graduation ceremonies, and the number of guests will not be limited this year,” he added.

Last year, seniors were allowed four guests each. This year, before this latest announcement, graduating class members had been allotted six tickets each.

Graduations will take place in the football stadiums of most area high schools, including Bearden (beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 1) Hardin Valley Academy (6 p.m., Wednesday, June 2) and Farragut (6 p.m., Sunday, June 6).