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Kentucky Health Officials Recommend Masks in Schools Statewide

New guidance released by the Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends everyone in a K-12 setting wear a mask while indoors.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 2:04 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2021 11:25 AM

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has released new back-to-school guidance for K-12 classrooms throughout the state.

The new guidance recommends students make a full return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year, but that they do so under a "layered prevention strategy."

The recommended layered prevention strategies include:

  • Vaccination for those 12 or older
  • Masks for all persons while indoors
  • Physical distancing of at least 3 feet
  • Screening testing for unvaccinated individuals
  • Ventilation
  • Handwashing and facility disinfection
  • Isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing

Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said these mitigations are the best bet in fighting the Delta variant and keeping students in the classroom in person as much as possible.

"Our recommendation mirrors the CDC's, which is flat out and simple," he said. "Everyone in the k-12 setting spaces wear a mask. Period."

According to KDPH, the new guidance is intended to prevent to spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 and follows the latest guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many Kentucky schools in our area had already released opening plans for the upcoming school year, with mask-wearing optional.

You can view the full guidance released by KDPH below:

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