Dear TC Students and Families,
Just recently, Kentucky legislators passed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) which removed the Kentucky Board of Education’s universal mask mandate for all Kentucky’s schools, effective this Friday, the 17th. This means, after Friday, the decision to “mask or not” now falls to each district. Because the state has handed this choice back to the districts, moving forward we have increased flexibility to make the best decision possible for our students based on our specific, localized, community and district data. We can choose to lift the mask requirement when our numbers reach safer levels. Trimble County Schools collectively, with the Trimble Co. Board of Education will revisit the mask mandate in the upcoming weeks and develop a set of metrics, to be adopted, that will enable mask use to be discontinued when district specific and overall community data determine it is safe to do so. The following metrics have been consistently monitored by the Superintendent and district leadership since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year: Community Incidence Rates, District Incidence Rates and District Quarantine Numbers.
Until our metric matrices is developed, Trimble County Schools will continue to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks in our facilities and on our school buses. As soon as the matrix has been developed, we will communicate that information with you all. Thank you for partnering with us, as we do all we can to keep our staff and students safe and to maintain in-person learning.