School Districts that Require Masking Can Stop Quarantines, Contact Tracing

Under updated state health guidelines, Kentucky school districts that require universal masking can halt contact tracing and quarantines for those exposed to Covid-19 at school.

Masks currently remain optional in Russell County Schools for students, teachers, staff, and visitors following a December school board vote on the issue.

The policy changes affecting quarantines came this week when the Kentucky Department of Public Health updated its Covid-19 prevention guidance for K-12 schools and childcare settings.

Masks are still required on school buses, per a CDC order, and at the Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center, per a KDE order.

Russell County School District personnel continue to monitor local Covid numbers.