Ballard County Schools will continue universal masking, working with health department to monitor COVID cases

In its special called session last week, the Kentucky General Assembly gave local school districts the authority to work with local health departments to determine what is best for each district regarding masking rules on school property. That legislation goes into effect on Friday, Sept. 17.

Starting Friday, Ballard County Schools will continue with the masking protocols in use, based on current COVID-19 information available for the county. Universal masking will remain in place for students, staff, and visitors inside all school buildings and on school buses.

“Working with the Purchase District Health Department, we will continue to monitor data to determine the best protocols for our schools, and make adjustments as necessary,” said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard superintendent. “We are watching COVID numbers daily, and will update our guidelines as conditions improve.”

Dr. Allen said that students and staff had done an excellent job the first weeks of school, and that he appreciated the community’s support. “The health and safety of our students, staff and community are our first priorities, with the importance of continuing in-person learning a close second.”