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.