Education officials in McLean County said Friday that masks would continue to be required for now.
According to McLean County Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Burrough, masks will continue to be required for schools in the district through at least Christmas Break.
Supt. Burrough said the decision to keep masking in place was made due to the high incidence rate of new COVID-19 cases in McLean County. He also said that the use of masks has
"We have been able to maintain low quarantines with the masks which have kept us in session. If we unmask then the quarantine numbers would rise considerably and more students would have to be at home and not in front of a teacher," Supt. Burrough said.
After classes resume following Christmas Break, Supt. Burrough says the mask policy will be re-evaluated.
He says that optional masks will be considered once McLean County's incident rate goes below 18 for ten consecutive school days. According to Kentucky's COVID-19 map, the county's incidence rate is currently at 48.1.
You can view the full statement on masks from Supt. Burrough on the McLean County Public Schools Facebook page.