While masking is required in all public schools by order of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), there are exceptions to that order and Webster County School officials are dedicated to utilizing those exceptions when necessary.

But determining when such exemptions are necessary is a little more complicated than just following a KBE guideline, which only says that masks are required for everyone “unless otherwise exempted.”

Guidance from Kentucky Public Health (KHP) says that any individual with a physical or mental disability that prevents them from safely wearing a mask is exempt from the order, as are individuals who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication.

Beyond that, the KBE guideline remains vague, leaving it open to each individual school to determine which students qualify for an exemption.

District Director of Special Education, Kim Saalwaechter, said that determination is made based on the individual needs and disabilities of the students. The district, along with the local health department, review each request before making a decision.

Because of privacy concerns, the district is prevented from discussing those cases publicly. Any parent who has concerns about their child is asked to contact any district administrator for assistance.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069