Pikeville schools to continue masking

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pikeville Independent is the latest school district to announce it would continue to require masking in its buildings, despite a move by the Republican-led state legislature to scrap the statewide school mask mandate.

Senate Bill 1 — passed into law Thursday night despite a gubernatorial veto — removed a mask mandate enacted by the state Board of Education and placed the decision in the hands of local school districts. Since then, several districts have announced they are continuing the mandate.

The Pike and Floyd county districts announced earlier on Friday that they would continue to require masks as long as their respective counties remained red or orange on the state coronavirus incidence map.

Pikeville announced its intention to continue masking later Friday evening, but did not provide any criteria for determining how long to continue the mandate. Instead, Supt. David Trimble explained in a letter to parents that administrators would continue monitoring community spread and the incidence of cases in schools to guide their decisions on the matter.

A full copy of the letter follows:

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