BGISD votes to keep mask mandate for students and staff

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 7:02 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Bowling Green Independent School Board met Monday evening for their monthly board meeting. During the meeting, they voted to keep a district-wide mask mandate. This comes after during a special session, the Kentucky legislature passed a bill that included legislation to do away with a state-wide mask mandate.

“A big deal about masking is, you know, the three-foot contact tracing that really has reduced our in-school quarantines, and that means more kids are at school every day,” Superintendent Gary Fields said. Fields recommended that the district continue implementing the mask mandate.

The board passed the recommendation unanimously with no discussion. Three people from the community spoke at the meeting during the public comments portion. All three were in favor of keeping the mask mandate in place.

“I can think of no reason why we shouldn’t have children masked in school when they are in such close proximity to each other indoors. This is going to save lives,” Local Doctor Mark Lowry.

During the first week of school, there were 161 quarantined, after a mask mandate was put in place that number dropped to as low as 18. This is mainly credited to the CDC guidance that defines a close contact exposure while students are wearing a face covering.

The board will go back and review the need for a mask mandate monthly at their board meetings.

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