GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX56) – Changes to CDC guidelines has several school districts re-examining their mask mandates. In Scott County, school board members could vote as early as Thursday, Jan. 6 to take the mask mandate for the district off the table.

Currently, all faculty, students, and staff are required to wear a mask inside school buildings. The debate started toward the end of 2021 when several parents expressed concerns about the mandate continuing.

At the district’s last board meeting on Dec. 16, school board members entertained the idea of putting the mandate on the next meeting’s agenda.

Susan Duncan, who represents district one, explained her reasonings behind supporting an optional mask mandate. Duncan said, “The districts that have mask mandates and those that don’t have moved with the same trends as the entire state with the incident numbers, so it clear as day one that whether or not a school has a mask mandate it is not keeping their incident numbers lower.”

Several parents at the meeting echoed those sentiments.

However, the Scott County Education Association disagrees.

“At this time the percentage of citizens vaccinated is not high enough to contain rapid transmission without the aid of masks and social distancing in our public schools. It is our highest priority to provide uninterrupted services to our students and masks along with the test to stay program are critical to maintain in-person instruction during a pandemic,” President Courtney Casebolt said.

Scott County currently has a positivity rate of more than 21%. The board will meet Thursday.