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Warren County Public Schools to continue mask make, changes quarantine policy

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 6:19 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Warren County Public Schools has voted to keep a mask mandate in place as part of a new set of COVID-19 protocols. “We wouldn’t travel this path if we didn’t have a high level of confidence that this is truly what’s in the best interest of our students,” Superintendent Rob Clayton said.

The mask mandate will continue at least through October, and the new protocol will be revisited monthly. The decision was made in a special called school board meeting Tuesday evening at Greenwood High School. Different from a past meeting where the mask mandate was brought up, no parents attended and no public comments were made.

This comes after Superintendent Clayton released a video message Monday night explaining how the usage of face coverings allows students to continue having in-person classes.

“I think that the fact that we have no one in attendance tonight, it would lead me to believe that perhaps they’re comfortable with the communication we provided,” Superintendent Clayton said.

The newly passed protocol also included a new quarantine procedure. From now on, if a student is properly wearing a face covering and does not show symptoms of COVID-19, they will not have to quarantine if they are considered a close contact exposure.

“Keeping in mind that up to this point, students that do test positive, their symptoms are are not to the level where they’re needing emergent care in most cases,” Superintendent Clayton said. “But then again, our priority is keeping our students in school and providing them with the best opportunities we can.”

Superintendent Clayton also said a factor that went into this decision is that a high number of students that have been asked to quarantine after a school exposure have not tested positive for COVID-19.

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