Ky. First Lady announces children’s face mask program

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear today announced a new program to ensure all students have face masks when returning to school.

First Lady Britainy Beshear
First Lady Britainy Beshear

The “Coverings for Kids” campaign asks Kentuckians to donate face coverings directly to local school districts.

“As a mom, nothing is more important to me than protecting each one of Kentucky’s children, as well as the teachers and staff who work hard every day to help them learn and grow,” First Lady Beshear said. “Kentuckians generosity is unmatched, and during this pandemic this program will help ensure each school has enough masks to protect their students and staff.”

Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman held a video conference today with school district leaders from around the state to announced the program.

Beshear’s and Coleman’s offices will provide each school district with a donation tracking form for intake and an outreach packet, including language, graphics, drafted social media posts and emails for promotion.

Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, individuals can drop off facial coverings at district-level donation centers. Those locations will be announced soon. For more information and updates on the program, visit FirstLady.ky.gov/CoveringsForKids.

School districts that have chosen to start the year with non-traditional instruction or that move to NTI at any point during the year still can participate in the “Coverings for Kids” program. Depending on their needs, NTI districts could store donated masks until schools reopen or distribute masks to students during NTI for them to use in other settings where masks are required.