Fayette Co. Board of Education unanimously approves mask mandate

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 4:32 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools has made it official. Masks will be required in all buildings and on school buses.

After the passage of Senate Bill 1, lawmakers left the decision up to individual school districts.

“That’s a hard decision for school boards. We’ve all seen how heated some board meetings can get. I hope all the school boards will continue to follow suit with what Fayette County is doing,” said Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association.

As of Monday afternoon, 33% of Kentucky’s 171 school districts are requiring masks, according to a state school group. Speaking on behalf of teachers in the district, Hiler said as an educator and a parent, she believes this is the decision state lawmakers should have made for districts in the first place.

“Most kids pop right into school with their masks on. Teachers want to be in school. And really this is the way we can keep our kids in front of us to make sure we have as much uninterrupted learning as possible,” Hiler said.

The board also voted to allow the superintendent sole discretion when using targeted remote learning days due to COVID.

“I do have concerns with a district this size. Maybe the legislature does not go far enough to give us enough opportunities to be flexible. Those 20 days assigned to groups, classrooms or schools are going to go very quickly in a district like Fayette County,” Hiler said.

Hiler said NTI days are used when an entire district is closed. The remote learning days are for a set of students, a cohort, one classroom or even a football team.

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