Kentucky education officials release “Healthy at School” guidance plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky education officials have released the “Healthy at School” guidelines to help ensure the safety of children and faculty as they prepare for the fall semester.

The interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, Kevin Brown, listed several safety practices to prepare schools for the upcoming school year, news outlets have reported.

These safety practices include:

  • Schools are required to enforce social distancing in close contact settings such as hallways and classrooms and if at least 6 feet of space cannot be maintained, each student will be expected to wear a mask.
  • If any student has a temperature greater than 100.4 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, which can include cough, diarrhea, rash, vomiting or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours, they must stay home or will be sent home.
  • School districts are required to clean and sanitize surfaces at the school, including buses.
  • Schools must help local health departments with contact tracing if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs. Health departments will need access to documents including bus manifests and seating charts to determine possible contacts.
  • Lines of tape must be placed every 6 feet, just like what has been placed in public shops, restaurants, gas stations, etc. Assemblies must be limited and follow guidelines equivalent to large gatherings.

Children who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 and have a temperature higher than 100.4 will not be allowed on the school bus.

Kids with medical conditions will be the only exception allowed to not wear masks while inside the building.

The state is giving school districts the flexibility on how they decide to come back. Some schools, for example, may choose to start out the year by doing strictly digital learning.

“I believe that we have the best teachers, administrators, and staff in the country,” said Brown. “Seeing what I saw in our school districts, all 172 of them, what they did last semester … what they did and how they did it tells me that they will be doing this and they will be meeting these expectations because they know that’s the best thing for their students.”

Mountain Top News will provide more updates on any changes to the “Healthy at School” rules and regulations as the fall semester approaches.

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