July 21, 2021
Dear Boone County Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of everyone at the Boone County Schools, I hope that each of you have enjoyed a safe and restful summer. We are committed to providing daily, in-person instruction for our students, and later this week, we will publish our Return to School plan for the 2021-2022 school year. In this letter we want to address some common questions and concerns regarding the upcoming school year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the KY Department of Education (KDE), and the KY Department of Public Health (KDPH), all recommend and encourage students who are not vaccinated to wear masks during the school day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mask wearing for all students during the school day, vaccinated or not. While we understand each of these recommendations, we are not mandating the wearing of a mask in our schools. We will leave that decision up to individual families and their students. However, the Boone County Schools reserves the right to revisit this decision based on the level of COVID infections in our schools and community. We will support students and staff that choose to wear a mask and will not tolerate shaming or harassment of anyone, as we must respect their choice.
By the mandate of the CDC, KDE, and KDPH, all students and adults must wear a mask while riding a school bus, whether they are vaccinated or not.
We will always encourage students and staff to get vaccinated considering advice from their family physician. As well, we will always follow and encourage basic safety protocols among students and staff to include handwashing, cleaning requirements and notifying parents when their student becomes sick at school.
Should there be an outbreak of COVID or other infectious illnesses we will take necessary steps at that school/location individually and you will be informed. The rest of the school district will continue with normal operations.
We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we begin this school year with excitement and enthusiasm. We look forward to the start of the new school year on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021.
Matthew L. Turner
Superintendent of Schools