Jefferson County Public Schools will continue to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks indoors because of a policy previously passed by the Jefferson County Board of Education, Superintendent Marty Pollio said Friday.
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The Kentucky Department of Education will reimburse school districts that offer incentives to full- and part-time staff who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the agency announced Friday.
House Bill 1 passed on a 16-2 vote Wednesday after netting just 11 affirmative votes hours earlier.
Kentucky could soon update its COVID-19 recommendations for schools after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to suggest students and staff wear masks indoors as the 2021-22 school year begins, Education Commissioner Jason Glass said Wednesday.
Absences from state testing won’t affect districts nearly as much as past years thanks to a federal accountability waiver that Kentucky and other states received in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Andy Beshear has said he expects to reveal his administration’s guidelines for some type of in-person instruction starting Jan. 4 for “red zone” counties in the state’s COVID-19 transmission map as early as next week.
Some school districts have already heeded Beshear’s advice and announced plans to start the school year remotely with nontraditional instruction.