FRANKFORT, KY (WSMV) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday he is issuing a new executive order that recommends all school districts, including private schools, offer or expand some form of in-person instructional opportunities beginning Monday.
If district personnel have not finished their vaccine series as of Monday, the executive order recommends some form of in-person instruction begin seven days after they have received their second vaccination.
“What we foresaw is that the safest way to expand in-person opportunities is to vaccinate all of our school personnel,” said Beshear in a news release. “Since then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others have moved that way and other states have followed our lead.”
“Kentucky continues to be a national leader in vaccinating our school staff and getting our kids back in the classroom safely remains a top priority for every Kentuckian, from the governor to our littlest learners,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman in a news release. “With this guidance, we hope to make the transition back to in-person learning as smooth and safe as possible.”
Coleman said the manual advises schools on planning school-related student travel; administering spring state testing; operating schools after teacher and staff are vaccinated; assessing knowledge gaps caused by the pandemic’s impact on learning; and using second round Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding.
Kentucky made it a priority to vaccinate all K-12 staffers in the state. In the state’s vaccination plan, K-12 staff are in the second phase, following health care professionals and long-term care and assisted living facility residents and staff.