MURRAY – One of the main items from the Murray Independent School District Board of Education’s Thursday evening meeting in July was on how to wear masks and other COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming school year.
In a story by the Paducah WPSD television network, it was found that MISD had no plans for students to wear masks, regardless of whether they were vaccinated or unvaccinated against the coronavirus. This story was a recap of how the counties are addressing this issue.
This prompted MISD superintendent Coy Samons to respond with a statement he presented to the station on Wednesday afternoon. While Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear rescinded a nationwide mask mandate on June 11, MISD followed the ideas of state and federal officials to state that, as it has been the last 15 months, this plan is changing due to federal and state developments could”. Orientation aid. “
“Well, (Thursday), it may change,” Samons said before he began handing over paper copies of a document that his office received from the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the state cabinet for health, children and family, around 3:00 am Thursday afternoon had received.
The new guidelines do not contain actual directives for districts, but they appear to tend to suggest some actions strongly.
First, the guide encourages school districts to âpromote and offer vaccinations to increase the proportion of students (12 years and older), teachers, staff and family members by encouraging all of these groups to get vaccinated and vaccinations on site provide or host clinics in schools, encourage admissions for summer exercise before sports / extracurricular activities, and provide information to families.
Next, the guide talks about masks. Now. The state recommends masks for unvaccinated individuals indoors in all classrooms and non-classrooms (unless exempted due to a medical condition or disability). This part emphasizes that masks are of particular importance when social distancing is not an option.
The state is now also proposing that school districts require the wearing of masks on public transportation, and this includes public and private buses. This applies to anyone age 2 and over, unless otherwise noted, and is in accordance with President Joe Biden’s ordinance and a public health ordinance from the Centers for Disease Control.
Also, the state is encouraging counties to consider making masks universal for people based on the presence of students who are not yet eligible for the syringe (before kindergarten, up to the age of 6). It also suggests that masks might be required if COVID-19 cases increase in a community, along with difficulties getting citizens to adhere to mask guidelines and vaccination rates are low.
It also mentions physical distancing, and the new policy now suggests that K-12 students stay at least 3 feet apart if not all of them are fully vaccinated. Schools should reduce the number of students in classrooms, if necessary, and remove all non-essential furniture.
For unvaccinated students and teachers / staff, the recommended distance is 1.8 m.
The guidelines also suggest that districts conduct screening tests of unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff to quickly identify and isolate cases. Screening tests may also be considered for unvaccinated people who play sports.
In addition, unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff identified as close contacts, regardless of whether exposure occurred inside or outside the school, should be instructed to self-quarantine. However, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be quarantined after exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if no symptoms are apparent.
Samons has also described his testimony to WPSD in more detail.
âAn online option is available for students who qualify for home or home / hospital education. Social distancing is encouraged when possible. But when the respective schools reach full capacity, the practice is not always possible, “he said, adding,” My office and county staff will continue to monitor information provided by the CDC, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Calloway County Health Department, Kentucky Department of Education and the Governor’s Office.
“More than 70% of employees in the Murray Independent School District are vaccinated and MISD will continue to promote hand hygiene and measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.”
That matter came when returning board member Mark Vinson was sworn into his position by MISD attorney Chip Adams.
Vinson previously served on the board for 12 years and was appointed by a vote of the current board in May. He is filling the vacant position from Miranda Terry, who left her position on the Board of Directors to seek a position in Nashville, Tennessee.
Vinson, a 1977 graduate of Murray High School, said he was glad to be back.
âI want to say that I really appreciate the trust the board has in giving me this opportunity to serve in the best school district in Kentucky again and I will do whatever I can to support our principal, teachers and students, and I appreciate this opportunity very much and am looking forward to a great year. “
CEO Richard Crouch concluded with “We look forward to seeing you again.”