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No more masks required in school, on busses

By Dr. Pamela Stephens, Superintendent
Adair County Board of Education

Beginning Monday morning, June 14, 2021, the Adair County Schools will NOT be requiring the wearing of masks. This information has just been released by Dr. Jason Glass, Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education. (See email below.)
This includes while riding Adair County school buses.

Dear Superintendents and Education Leaders:

Pursuant to Executive Order 2021-386 (EO 2021-386), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has rescinded its flagship COVID-19 guidance document "Guidance and Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12)," commonly known as the Healthy at Schools guidance. The use of cloth face coverings and social distancing measures are no longer mandated.

School districts may, at their local discretion, continue to implement appropriate mitigation strategies that align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they work to respond to changing local conditions. Individuals who choose to wear a mask as a matter of personal preference or comfort should be allowed to continue to do so. The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends, but does not require, that schools continue to follow CDC guidance.

The CDC will update its guidance for the 2021-22 school year in the coming weeks. You can find existing guidance here. KDE will review and update other guidance documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic and issue appropriate changes in the coming weeks. Updated guidance can inform school planning for the 2021-22 academic year.

In addition, the previous requirement from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services regarding school COVID-19 positivity reporting is no longer in effect.

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education & Chief Learner
Kentucky Department of Education

This story was posted on 2021-06-11 21:14:52
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