Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Schools will not require masks at school for the 2021-22 school year, as of now, according to a statement released from Superintendent of Schools; however, they will be required on buses, according to state mandates. The entire statement is published below:
Recently, the subject of masking has become a topic yet again for schools throughout our commonwealth. While Edmonson County's incident rate is at 4.7 at this time, there are surrounding counties with very high incident rates. Currently our state incident rate is above 10.00 at 12.67. As numbers fluctuate across our state, we are forced to look at our practices in order to make schools safe.
Edmonson County Schools will not mandate masks in any setting with one exception. Students will be required to be masked to board our school buses, as the Executive Order requiring masks for public transportation includes school buses and school vans.
It is recommended that students who have not had the opportunity to receive vaccines utilize masks. This is especially true at the elementary levels where vaccines are not yet available. However, this is not a mandatory requirement. Our schools will work for 3 foot social distancing as well to accommodate guidelines.
As always, the health and safety of our students is our first priority. As we have said in the past, this is a fluid situation and if circumstances were to change, our stance as a school district may change as well. We certainly want any changes that are made from this point on can remove guidelines that are now in place, but we will handle the circumstances as they arise.
We hope that you will join us as we gain excitement for our return to students on August 11th and work toward normalcy.
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools