The statewide mask mandate for schools in Kentucky is ending Friday. Now, school districts across the state are deciding whether to keep enforcing masks in schools or make them optional.
As of noon on Thursday, 81% of Kentucky school districts are keeping their students masked despite the state legislature voting to end the statewide school mask mandate set by the Kentucky Department of Education in late August.
The Kentucky School Boards Association says 138 of the 171 public school districts in the state will continue requiring masks after the mandate ends on Friday.
Among those, Mclean County, Hopkins County, Ohio County, and Owensboro Public Schools, all opting to extend the policy until cases decline.
While some parents have expressed their concerns for mask policies in schools, others have shown support for their local school districts doing whatever they think is best to keep kids in school.
As of Thursday, only three districts in the state have opted to go optional.
The remaining 30 districts have not announced their decisions.