Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-16 13:55:28 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) —Recommendations are not obligatory, and while some school district supervisors seem to prefer that approach, the decisions they face cannot be facilitated.
“As a school director in Woodford County, you’re probably influencing about 12,000 people in the decisions you make,” said Dan Adkins in the first week of work after leaving a similar post in Floyd County. Said.
“We don’t underestimate this and obviously collect all the data,” he continued.
Adkins knows that his district’s summer school program has been successful because it’s related to COVID-19 and there’s no problem reporting, but the virus is starting to circulate more among young people. (The ratio has doubled since this time last year). Of course, at the beginning of the school year, there are more students in the building than in the summer session.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recommended the use of indoor masks for K-6 students on Thursday. They are under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
“Our decision affects children, so we have to think about it,” said Ron Livingwood, Interim Director of Clark County.
“I know my grandchildren aren’t crazy about masks. Sometimes it causes a bit of fear, so we have to balance that and safety factor,” continued Livingood.
Given this, this is also a juggling act. What if we enter the school year without masks and a large number of cases begin to spread in schools and districts? Some districts will face the need to return to virtual learning. This is something no one wants.
“That’s a good thing (question). The safety balancing part that masks provide lies between discomfort and the fear that masks create. That’s the balance we have to think about,” Livingood adds. I did.
Both Livingood and Adkins said the decision was not made lightly, followed by science and worked with the staff of the health departments of their respective counties to guide the decision.
“We will listen to the opinions of as many communities as possible,” Adkins said.
The same is true in Bourbon County, with Amy Baker saying that her district “waits a few days before considering new guidance and making decisions” about the policy for the next school year.
Adkins said temperature checks and other safety measures would remain at schools in Woodford County, even if he decided to go without a mask.
Both Adkins and Livingood said they were pleased that this was not a state obligation at this time and that decisions would be made at the local level.
“Sometimes it’s bigger than fighting bacteria,” Livingwood said, and he certainly adheres to his mission and does everything to keep his students safe, taking into account the emotional health of his students. I added that.