Clay County Schools requiring masks after nearly 200 quarantined due to COVID-19

Kentucky

School leaders said this step was taken to ensure in-person learning can continue.

MANCHESTER, Ky. (FOX 56) – Just days after starting back without masks, the Clay County School District now requires them.

The reversal came during an emergency school board meeting after 198 people were placed in quarantine because of positive cases. The cases included six elementary school classrooms and teachers.

School leaders said this step was taken to ensure in-person learning can continue.

“We had about 26 to 30 in our emergency meeting,” said Clay County School Board Chairman Mark Hoskins. “They wanted to express their feelings, which we allowed them to do. Most people don’t want to wear masks in our area. But they left that meeting knowing it was their only option to keep our children in school.”

FOX 56 was told none of the positive cases in children were severe enough to require hospitalization. Most of the children report flu-like symptoms.

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