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Response to Rumor Pertaining to Face Coverings

There has been a rumor in our community that the reason the Jackson County Board of Education voted to implement the wearing of face coverings while in school facilities was connected to our District’s eligibility to receive Federal ESSER monies.  This rumor is false.  There is no masking requirement connected to our District’s eligibility to receive the Federal ESSER monies.  Our board members did what they felt was right and voted in the best interest of the health and safety of the students, staff and community.  We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Jackson County Board of Education did what they felt was in the best interest of all involved. 

Our school district along with all other Kentucky School Districts are eligible to receive Federal ESSER monies.  Even though there is some flexibility, the funds are restricted.  Local education agencies have allowable uses for these funds and there is a funding matrix that guides what the permissible uses are.  There are required assurances that our school district completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure that the monies are used properly and within federal guidelines.  We approached this as an opportunity to do purchases/projects that would have a long-term positive impact on our students, staff and our District.  Since these are “one-time monies”, we tried to avoid recurring expenses.  A portion of the ESSER monies must be spent by September 30, 2023 and all remaining ESSER monies must be completely spent by September 30, 2024.  In addition to the funding matrix there is also a monitoring and audit process by the Kentucky Department of Education and also the United States Education Department.   

 

JCPS Mask Update

Based on the COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education, Jackson County is in the “RED” (critical level).  Jackson County Public Schools will require that all students and staff wear face coverings while in Jackson County Public School Buildings, from Monday, November 22nd until Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, our next status determination will be made on Friday, November 26, 2021.