Here’s why NKY public schools are still requiring masks

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear rescinded his executive order Monday that required universal masking in schools. But it looks like most Northern Kentucky districts are sticking with universal mask policies anyway.

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Why? They have to, according to a separate emergency regulation approved by the Kentucky Board of Education.

"Our district has no choice but to comply with the regulation, which is completely separate from any action regarding the governor’s mandate," Kenton County School District Superintendent Henry Webb told The Enquirer Tuesday.

The emergency administrative regulation, filed Aug. 12, states all individuals inside public school facilities are required to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth. The regulation is set to expire in early May.

"The regulation is necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky public schools and prevent public school closures during the 2021-2022 school year due to COVID-19," the emergency filing reads.

Children under the age of 2 and those with disabilities are exempt from the policy, the document reads. People in school buildings are not required to wear a mask while eating, while giving a speech or broadcast, while swimming or exercising or while alone in an enclosed room.

Beshear rescinded his order after a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed for limits on his executive authority. Still, Beshear pleaded with school districts to "do the right thing" during a Monday press conference.

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