McLean County Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Burrough says that all students and staff members throughout the district will continue to wear masks while at school - at least for now.
According to a statement released by Supt. Burrough, masking will remain mandatory inside all district buildings through at least Friday, Oct. 22. Burrough says that local COVID-19 conditions will determine the district's policy following that date.
Supt. Burrough announced the decision to keep mask-wearing in place after Kentucky lawmakers removed the statewide requirement, leaving the decision up to individual districts. He says the decision was approved during a board meeting Tuesday.
Supt. Burrough said that the decision to keep masks in the district was also made with the results of a survey sent to parents and staff members in mind. The survey showed that 56.5% of adults in the district favored keeping a mask rule in place out of 904 total responses.
MCPS joins several other districts in keeping a mask rule in place temporarily, including Hopkins County Schools and Owensboro Public Schools.
The district's mask requirement is part of its new COVID-19 Operations Plan, which covers other things like quarantine procedures, virtual learning procedures and more. You can view the full plan from MCPS by clicking here.