Gov. Beshear: Schools Should Require the Unvaccinated to Wear Masks

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recommended all unvaccinated students and teachers wear masks upon their return to the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 3:32 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 6:05 PM

On Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear laid out "strong" recommendations for Kentucky schools ahead of the upcoming school year.

Gov. Beshear said that the state's priority should be a safe, full return to in-person instruction, adding that the main challenge would be the quick-spreading Delta variant of COVID-19.

"If we don't take mitigation efforts, if school districts don't embrace mitigation efforts, we are not gonna be in school every day," Gov. Beshear said. "And it's not because of anything I'm doing - it's because the Delta variant is going to stop you from ultimately having your students in like you want to."

With that being said, the governor laid out three recommendations to school districts throughout the state for the upcoming school year.

K-12 Return to School Guidance

  • School districts should require all unvaccinated students and unvaccinated adults to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings.
  • School districts should require all students under 12 years of age to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings.
  • School districts wishing to optimize safety and minimize risks of educational and athletic disruption should require all students and adults to wear a mask while in the classroom and other indoor school settings

"The way the Delta variant is spreading - if our goal is to have our kids in class the maximum number of days, this is a no-brainer," Gov. Beshear said. "If we truly want as many in-person classroom days, these are steps that school districts will need to take."

You can hear the governor's full COVID-19 update from Monday by clicking here.

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