Statement from Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass“Schools across Kentucky have been doing a tremendous job keeping the learning going for our students and we have not seen (so far) COVID-19 transmissions linked directly to schools – an indication that our virus mitigation efforts within schools are working. Disappointingly, the same cannot be said for many communities and the rest of the state.

“When a community goes into the ‘red’ it should lead to a discussion with the district leadership, the school board and local public health on what the best course forward should be, which may include temporarily closing the school to in-person learning. More importantly, it should lead to a discussion in the community about what actions the public should take to help protect their schools by keeping community transmissions low.

“The Kentucky Department of Education is asking all of our community members across the Commonwealth to do their part by observing safe health practices, including and especially wearing masks in public. It is going to take all of us working together to support our schools by keeping the community transmissions under control as we work to fight this pandemic.”

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Commissioner and Chief Learner
Kentucky Department of Education