OPS, Daviess Co., Owensboro Catholic Schools announce masks will be required

OPS, Daviess Co., Owensboro Catholic Schools announce masks will be required
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 3:12 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 5:25 PM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Officials with Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Schools, and Owensboro Catholic Schools held a news conference Wednesday to discuss changes to the reopening plan.

The new plan says masks will be required.

Click here to see the OPS plan.

Click here to see the DCPS version of the plan.

Officials say schools will be safest if they adhere to guidelines from not only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but also local health officials.

The plan is to keep masks mandatory until around Labor Day, and then reassess their decision based on CDC guidelines and local COVID-19 numbers at that time. When they previously made the decision that masks would be optional, they say it was just a different time.

A few weeks ago, school officials announced plans that included masks would be optional, but they did say this would be subject to change.

”At that time, the transmission, we were in the yellow-shaded region, which meant it was a much lower transmission,” Daviess County Superintendent Matt Robbins said. “We felt good about that at that time. Well, we’re now two color changes away in the red category.”

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The change is welcomed by parents like Rachael Travis, who has a child considered high risk and is too young to receive the vaccine.

”I feel like that’s just a really small thing that somebody can do to kind of keep the community spread down, and make to where we can do things that we want to do,” Travis said.

Here is a video sent to families:

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