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School board unanimous in requiring face masks

By unanimous votes at the Sept. 13 planning meeting, the Fayette County Board of Education agreed to require face masks in all FCPS vehicles, including school buses, and in all district facilities at all times to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The board also gave Superintendent Demetrus Liggins sole discretion to temporarily assign students at the school, grade, classroom, or student group level to remote instruction when warranted by significant COVID-19 absences among students or staff. These districtwide actions followed passage of Senate Bill 1 during a special legislative session in Frankfort. 

"Thank you, board members, and thank you for your support as we lead through these challenging times," Liggins said. Board Chair Tyler Murphy also thanked the staff for prioritizing health and safety. 

The FCPS mask requirements apply to all students (grades K-12), employees, contractors, and visitors, regardless of immunization status, with the exception of those with a medical exemption or exemption determined by an Admissions and Release Committee (ARC). Masks are recommended for preschoolers who can successfully remove a face covering on their own. Students may lower their masks while outdoors or while actively eating or drinking. Staff may lower their masks while outdoors, alone in their individual offices or classrooms, or while actively eating or drinking.

Video of the board's Sept. 13 planning session (skip to the 25-minute mark)

(Posted Sept. 14, 2021)