State Education Department says masks will not be required when students return to classes

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(FRANKFORT, KY) – Pursuant to Gov. Andy Beshear’s Executive Order 2021-386 (EO 2021-386), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on June 11 rescinded its flagship COVID-19 guidance document, “Guidance and Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” commonly known as Healthy at School.

The use of cloth face coverings and social distancing measures are no longer mandated.

School districts may, at their discretion, continue to implement appropriate mitigation strategies that align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they work to respond to changing local conditions. 

Individuals who choose to wear a mask as a matter of personal preference or comfort should be allowed to continue to do so. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) recommends, but does not require, that schools continue to follow CDC guidance.

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