Masks Required Until October 22, 2021
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Board of Education voted 3-1 to continue mask requirements in Edmonson County Schools until October 22, 2021.
The decision comes after Governor Andy Beshear's statewide mandate was scrapped by Kentucky lawmakers on Thursday of last week. Beshear vetoed the passed bills, but those vetoes were immediately overturned by legislators. That decision-making power was given back to local schools in Kentucky; however, nothing will change in Edmonson County for now, regarding masks.
In a statement sent to teachers, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander discussed the outline of the school board masking decision, which included the following:
"I would like to point out that the new plan's incident rate will be based on positive cases of staff and students in each building," Alexander said in the statement. "Quarantines will not factor into the incident rate. The COVID dashboard on the Edmonson County School's District home page will be updated to show where each school stands in relation to the 2.5% incident rate."
Edmonson County School's District COVID dashboard is updated daily and can be viewed here.
As of today, September 14, 2021, the incidence rate at all of Edmonson County's schools are below 2.5%.
All other neighboring school districts have followed suit with their own mask requirements, several with no listed options for going maskless. The KDE mandate will remain in effect until the end of this week.
"We're the only district around trying to do anything like this," Alexander told the Edmonson Voice. "All other districts are masking for foreseeable future or they've set a date of October 22nd, which is two weeks after fall break. The break was problematic this year and we're afraid it will be this year as well."
Alexander also said the staggered schedule used last year is also no longer an option for local schools this year.
The entire adopted COVID-19 Operations Plan for Edmonson County Schools is published below.
Edmonson County Schools
Covid-19 Operations Plan
Face masks inside school building
Test to Stay Program
Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days
Remote Learning Days