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Special Session Update

The Special Session ended late on Thursday, September 9, 2021 and SB 1 became law.

SB 1 forbids state government from issuing a mask mandate in schools and gave local school districts the authority over masking and other COVID-19 issues. This week each school board in Kentucky will be addressing the masking mandate issue and will post their COVID-19 plan on the district website.

The legislature met in a special session from September 7-9, 2021 to address online school days, funding, personnel, and masks. (See details on the bills being voted on below.)  In your school, try to avoid this being a divisive, political issue. Instead…

Think about how you can approach the uncertainty and fear of the current situation. Below is sample language and resources to stay focused on the reasons for wearing masks, instead of the arguments for or against them:

“Let’s not lose focus on our student's learning while protecting the health and safety of everyone in our school community. As a community, we can care for each other by wearing masks. This is not anyone’s ideal situation, but we can each do our part to keep each other healthy and learning.”

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