The statewide mask mandate for public schools in Kentucky has been removed.
At the end of the special session, lawmakers passed a bill that turned the decision for requiring face coverings to local school boards.
Governor Andy Beshear vetoed the measure, but the Republican-led legislature overruled the action. Now, school leaders have exactly one week to decide to keep the masks or make them optional.
Lawmakers say the measure will provide more flexibility to cope with outbreaks. They also say it will limit remote instruction to a particular school, grade, or classroom, instead of closing the entire district.
Some local Kentucky schools have already decided they are keeping the policy in place, but others are still receiving input. 44News spoke with one mom, who says with the rapid rise in cases, this decision should be a no-brainer if schools want to stay open.
"I'm ready for him to have some normalcy. And if wearing a mask is a part of our new normalcy, so he can still be a kid and enjoy high school, so be it," says Krista Beck.
Districts have five business days to decide before the bill is officially voided.
Another bill passed that imposed a prolonged ban on any statewide mask mandate, leaving masking decisions up to local governments and businesses.