On June 11, and pursuant to Executive Order 2021-386 (EO 2021-386), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) rescinded its flagship COVID-19 Healthy at Schools guidance. The use of cloth face coverings and social distancing measures are no longer mandated. Individuals who choose to wear a mask as a matter of personal preference or comfort may continue to do so.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends, but does not require, that schools continue to follow CDC guidance, which will be updated for the 2021-22 school year in the coming weeks.

KDE will review and update other guidance documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic and issue appropriate changes in the coming weeks. Updated guidance can inform school planning for the 2021-22 academic year.

In addition, the previous requirement from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services regarding school COVID-19 positivity reporting is no longer in effect.