The state legislature voted to finalize and pass a bill which deals with COVID-related issues in public schools. Part of the bill eliminates the Kentucky Board of Education’s mask regulation (but doesn’t go into effect until 5 working days after the bill’s passage). However it gives back to local school boards the authority to work with local health departments to determine what is best for each district based on the local, community numbers.
As you may remember, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved a return to school plan on August 9, 2021 which required masks for all students, staff, and visitors when inside school facilities and on buses while the local incidence rate is above 25 (red zone). As a result, masks are still required for all students, staff, and visitors while inside Montgomery County Schools’ facilities. This is not only a safety and health issue but also an operational decision in order to allow us to continue to offer in-person instruction. Please remember that when students are wearing masks we only have to quarantine those closer than 3 feet to a positive case for a cumulative 15 minutes. Without masks that distance increases to 6 feet which in most cases doubles the number of students and staff quarantined. Thank you for your understanding and support as we do everything possible to keep our students in school.