As we enter the middle of September, I wanted to share our current plan for face coverings. Please understand that the plan may change with updated information from the CDC, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Boyd County Health Department, and the Governor. We are committed to monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and will timely notify our school community should our current plan require reconsideration.
The Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Jason E. Glass, advised Superintendents across the state on July 12, 2021 that decisions related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies rest with individual school districts. Additionally, on July 14, 2021, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Public Health issued a guidance document for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning. The most recent guidance came from Governor Beshear on July 26, 2021. Our leadership team has monitored this situation closely, reviewed the guidance documents, and stayed informed on local and state developments related to COVID-19. Based upon current conditions in Boyd County, the Ashland Independent School District will mandate the use of masks when school is in session for the 2021-2022 school year except as set forth below.
Also, pursuant to the CDC’s mandate as well as President Biden’s Executive Order, Ashland Independent School District WILL require all students and staff (even if vaccinated) to wear masks when riding buses or district owned vehicles. This shall include transportation to and from school, field trips, athletic events, or other occasions when our students or staff are being transported by district owned vehicles. The mandate does not apply if the driver is the only person in the vehicle.
In order to provide our students and staff with the opportunity to receive the vaccination, Kings Daughters Medical Center will be at Ashland Middle School on August 4 from 9am-3pm and at Blazer on August 6th from 3pm-6pm.
Unvaccinated students and staff will be required to quarantine if it is determined that an exposure has occurred. Vaccinated students and staff will not have to quarantine following exposure if she/he is not experiencing symptoms.
This policy is subject to change and may be modified depending on specific factual situations for the health and welfare of our school community.
The AISD will comply with any local, state, and federal mandates pertaining to COVID-19.