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Masking for Rowan Schools Still Uncertain

Rowan County School District

With the start of the 2021-2022 school year just weeks away, the spread of the Delta variant and lagging vaccination rates have reignited conversations about the potential for tighter COVID-19 restrictions at school.

The Kentucky Department of Education released recommendations earlier this month recommending school districts follow the latest CDC guidelines. In the document detailing the guidance, the Kentucky Department for Public Health recommended that people who are unvaccinated wear masks while indoors.

Rowan County Superintendent John Maxey says school leaders across the state don’t have a clear direction from the department of education yet.

Other K-D-E recommendations include the requirement of masks on public transportation, including buses operated by public and private school systems.

As for other health protocols, state leaders are encouraging physical distancing of at least three feet between K-12 students in classrooms where not everyone is fully vaccinated.