Masks Optional as Kids Return to School in Henderson Co August 11th

Henderson, KY 7/26/21- Henderson County School Officials are looking forward to the first day of school on August 11th and say they are returning to the traditional 5-day per week school year.

According to the statement released on their website today, their goal is to provide extraordinary education for the students while maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment. The statement also included the following Henderson County School’s “Healthy at School” guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year based on recommendations put forth by Team Kentucky and Kentucky Public Health:

HCS Healthy at School Guidelines

  • Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask at this time. Individuals who are unvaccinated or choose to wear a mask are allowed to do so. (Masks are optional.)
  • Social distancing of 3 feet will be practiced to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Proper handwashing techniques will be practiced and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • All have access to school nurses for symptom screening & contact tracing protocols will be in place.
  • Parents/guardians are requested to screen students for symptoms before sending them to school.
  • High traffic areas and school buses will be cleaned frequently. 
  • We will continue to limit visitors to schools. Nonessential visitors, volunteers, activities, & field trips will be limited.
  • Vaccination clinics (for those 12 & up) are available at the local health department and hospital/clinics.
  • Fully vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine following exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if he/she is not experiencing symptoms.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Henderson County Schools strongly encourages wearing masks while on the school bus. This will not be mandated but will be allowed by anyone choosing to do so.
  • Parents/guardians that would like to discuss possible alternative learning options may call HCS Student Services at 270-854-0141.

“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Henderson County Schools will continue to partner with the Green River District Health Department and monitor our local positive case numbers. We will continue to seek guidance from the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education. We will monitor and comply with any federal, state, or local requirements in regards to Covid-19.”

Henderson County School website

Officials say this plan is subject to change but any changes made to the guidelines will be communicated as soon as possible to the staff, students, family, and community.


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