Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools are about a month away from the first day of the 2021-22 school year.

The districts still are determining what, if any, COVID-19 guidelines would be in use for students and staff members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that students who are vaccinated wouldn’t have to wear masks in school this fall unless they’re on the bus, or if their school district decides they are needed.

The CDC also recommends unvaccinated students and staff to continue wearing masks and for schools to offer voluntary routine testing. When it comes to vaccine verification, it will be up to schools and school districts, according to the report.

EIS Superintendent Kelli Bush said in an email Monday the district is having its summer administrator conference this week and will determine the district’s COVID-19 guidelines.

She said the district, as far as summer programs, is following the June 11 executive orders by Gov. Andy Beshear which makes masks voluntary, with social distancing when possible.

HCS spokesman John Wright said Mon­day the district is waiting on any kind of updated guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Wright said the district will continue strong cleaning regiments and emphasized hand washing. He also said, at least with summer school this year, students weren’t necessarily required to wear masks or social distance.

However, Wright said all of the current guidelines within the district could change in an instant if different instruction is provided by state officials.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp @thenewsenterprise.com.

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"The CDC also recommends unvaccinated students and staff to continue wearing masks and for schools to offer voluntary routine testing. When it comes to vaccine verification, it will be up to schools and school districts, according to the report."

So why not follow CDC guidelines in the interest of keeping students safe from Covid-19 infection? It's that simple!

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