Sep 18, 2021 - Health
Most Kentucky school boards vote in favor of mask mandates
A majority of school boards in Kentucky voted in favor of mask mandates, according to the Kentucky School Board Association.
Why it matters: A week ago, Kentucky's Republican-dominated legislature voted to revoke a statewide mask mandate in public schools that was meant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The decision on masks would instead be left up to individual districts.
The big picture: On Friday, as a statewide mask mandate in schools ended, around 165 of the state's 171 public school districts said they would require masks, representing 96% of the districts in the state.
- The state reported 9,943 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more virus-related deaths Friday.
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