Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford said the plan is for no masks in the classroom when school starts next month.
Right now, mask wearing by unvaccinated staff and students in schools is recommended, but not required by the Kentucky Department of Education. Ford said as of now, mask wearing on public transportation is required by the CDC and federal government, so masks will be worn on school buses, but not required in the classroom.
Requirements are subject to change, but Ford said the district is moving forward with this plan right now and the board of education is planning to adopt official policies going into the upcoming school year next week. Ford said he’s looking forward to a more normal school year in 2021-2022 and the district is prepared to do whatever is needed to keep students in school.