“Nobody cares extra concerning the well being & well-being of a kid than a mother or father,” the Republican governor tweeted in saying the order. “Districts will make the selections they consider are greatest for his or her faculties, however mother and father are THE authority & would be the final decision-makers for his or her particular person little one’s well being & well-being. I cannot be calling a particular session right now.”
The order states that a mother or father or guardian has the proper, through a written discover, to decide out of any requirement for a scholar in kindergarten by way of twelfth grade to put on a face protecting at college, on a faculty bus or at college features.
In an announcement, Lee stated that whereas “native decision-making is vital, particular person decision-making by a mother or father on points concerning the well being and well-being of their little one is a very powerful.”
The governor additionally pushed the significance of extra Tennesseans to get vaccinated however assured them it might not be mandated.
Tennessee state Home Speaker Cameron Sexton, a Republican, had beforehand requested Lee to name a particular session in an try to dam college districts from mandating masks.
Sexton cheered the governor’s order in a sequence of tweets Monday night.
“Gov. Lee’s government order issued at present is nice information in affirming a mother or father’s proper to make healthcare selections for his or her kids,” he wrote. “I really feel assured the instant want for a particular session has been averted within the interim through the use of government orders. Nonetheless, the Home nonetheless stands able to act if the decision comes.”
State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, a Democrat, slammed the choice as “irresponsible.”
“Aren’t emergency orders supposed for use to assist mitigate or management however not exasperate an emergency scenario? Is that this an abuse of energy?” he tweeted Tuesday morning.