Effective Monday, September 13, 2021, Hardin County Schools will resume the mask-wearing procedures it had put into place on August 10, 2021. Information on these procedures was issued hours before Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued a mask mandate for all Kentucky public schools and days before the regulation calling for similar measures was issued by the Kentucky Board of Education.
Masks will be required for students and staff (regardless of vaccination status) when the following criteria are met:
If the incidence rate for Hardin County is 50.0 or above after the daily rate is updated on Thursdays, all students and all staff will be required to wear masks while inside buildings on district property the entire next week. If it is 49.9 or lower, masks are strongly encouraged but not required.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health updates the daily incidence rate of COVID-19 cases on its website (CLICK HERE) each day. KDPH calculates rates by county and lists them by the number of cases per 100,000 people.
HCS will post the incidence rate each Thursday on its website and on its social media channels.
Masks will continue to be required on school buses per a federal executive order.
“The Kentucky General Assembly recently passed legislation in its special session that stated each school district is to make its own decisions as it pertains to COVID testing and the wearing of masks,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “Prior to the Governor's mask mandate, we had shared our COVID 2021-2022 School Plan. We will now return to that plan. We had talked with our local officials at that point and continue to contact them before making decisions. Based on the information they shared at that time, what we continue to hear from our local health professionals and the current incidence rate in our community, masks will be required for the safety and well-being of our students and staff. As the situation changes, we will make adjustments as necessary.”
As of Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 4 pm, the incidence rate for Hardin County was 117.42.
The HCS Test to Stay strategy will begin on Monday, September 12, 2021, for students who have been identified as a school-related direct contact. Test to Stay is voluntary. Information will be sent home with students who are identified as a school-related direct contact and parents may determine at that time if they want their child to participate in Test to Stay. More information on Test to Stay can be found when you CLICK HERE.