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Changes to Masking Protocols

McCracken County and Paducah Public Schools Announce Changes to Masking Protocols

Today Paducah Public Schools and McCracken County Schools announced changes to current masking protocols. 

The changes come after ten consecutive reporting days below 20.0 (average daily cases per 100,000 population) on the Kentucky COVID-19 current incidence rate map for McCracken County with three reporting days at or below 15.0.*

Based on these incidence rates, the following adjustments will be made to universal masking for McCracken County Schools and Paducah Public Schools:

  • Masks will become optional for faculty, staff and students
  • Masks will continue to be required while riding the bus, in compliance with the federal mandate
  • Masks will continue to be required for students participating in the Test to Stay program


These changes will take effect Friday, October 29.

If a student is wearing a mask and is exposed to a positive case at school, the student will not be asked to quarantine.  They will be notified and asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Please see the chart for additional changes to the quarantine guidelines.

In order to be vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19, a committee of local physicians** along with the Purchase Area Health Department will meet each Friday with the superintendents of McCracken County and Paducah Independent School Systems to review the local data on the Kentucky COVID-19 current incidence rate map.  If there are two or more days “in the red” (an incidence rate equal to or greater than 25 per 100,000) for a current week, the local health officials committee will review the potential need to return to universal masking.  Any adjustment to universal masking will be announced by the school systems on Friday afternoons for the following week.

“We appreciate the hard work of our students and staff in following our COVID-19 protocols to reduce the number of cases and help us keep one another healthy and at school.

“Thank you to our local health officials, the Purchase District Health Department and Paducah City Schools for partnering with us in addressing this community issue,” said Superintendent Steve Carter. 




*McCracken County incident rates over the past ten days (as of Tuesday, October 26):


Monday:                                                                      10/18 – 17.5               10/25 – 13.8

Tuesday:                                                                   10/19 – 18.8               10/26 – 10.5 

Wednesday:                            10/13 – 22.5               10/20 – 16.4

Thursday:                                10/14 – 19.9               10/21 – 14.6

Friday:                                     10/15 – 19.9               10/22 – 14.6


**Created in partnership with: Kent Koster, Director of Purchase Area Health Department; Dr. Brett Bechtel; Dr. Tom Gruber; Dr. Brad Housman; Dr. Carl LeBuhn; Dr. Shanna Leslie; Dr. Van Meeks; Dr. Allison Rains; and Dr. Kyle Turnbo.

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