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.
The Kentucky Department of Education said students in fifth through 12th grades can request performance-based schedules if local school boards’ policies allow performance-based coursework, which can be taught traditionally or virtually.
Each district will get $50,000 through the Grow Your Own program grant.
The emergency regulation will be in effect 270 days, and the board will consider rescinding it 24 hours after changes in recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Kentucky Department for Public Health on universal masking.
Kentucky received Thursday the final third of its portion of its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief plan (ARP ESSER), totaling another $611 million.
Even though the state and the CDC insist everyone wear masks, it's allowing schools to make their own decisions.
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.
The school board is slated to determine Tuesday the masking policy of Jefferson County Public Schools, which currently requires unvaccinated teachers and staff to wear masks inside buildings and everyone to wear face coverings while on school buses during summer programming, for the start of the 2021-22 school year.
The start of school is less than a month away, and the Kentucky Department of Education is advising unvaccinated students, teachers and staff to wear a mask indoors this school year.