School board weighs in on masks during school

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear recommended Monday afternoon unvaccinated Kentuckians wear masks indoors, to include children under the age of 12 as they are not yet eligible to get the shot. In June, almost all Kentucky’s COVID restrictions lifted and for a month or so, life seemed a little more normal. Now, the Delta variant is causing a spike at the time when school districts are having to decide how to safely reopen schools.

Education leaders are facing tough decisions about full in-person learning – masks, no masks, restrictions, no restrictions. Jessamine County School Board tackled the issue Monday night.

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“It’s still my intentions for us to return in-person just as we’ve planned up to this point,” says Jessamine County Superintendent Matt Moore. “Obviously, I need to wait closer to the start of the year before we make final calls.”

Jessamine county has run its summer school operations maskless. Moore says the county hasn’t seen any outbreaks or student quarantines from maskless teaching or transportation.

“Right now, the governor’s recommendation that was made at 4 o’clock today was truly a recommendation for those actions so I’m going to continue to monitor, we’re going to continue to work as a team,” says Moore.

Moore says he plans to rely heavily on local data to make the final decision on wearing masks in school. Leaders in other counties are doing the same by listening closely to the people at home. In Jessamine county, school board members say should masks not be required, children may still choose to wear one. Masks will also be available for kids who want one at school.

“It’s time to let parents make their own decisions on their own children,” says Jessamine county student parent Marty Anderson. “If the parents feel like that their child needs to wear a mask to school, ok great. You know, if a parent feels like there’s no way my kid is wearing a mask, then ok great. So, let the parents decide.”