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FCPS to announce new COVID-19 policies

Fayette County Public Schools

Fayette County Public Schools reported 760 new COVID cases among students and staff last week, with 1,131 students and 6 employees in quarantine as of Tuesday. As WUKY’s Arlo Barnette reports, changes are coming next week in response to updated guidance from the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

The guidance released Monday says anyone with a positive COVID test should self-isolate for at least 5 days even if they are vaccinated. Isolation can end if symptoms are fully resolved and the person wears a well-fitting mask for 10 days. Otherwise isolation should continue for 10 days.

In a video message, Fayette Superintendent Demetrus Liggins said the guidance will reduce the amount of school students and staff miss due to COVID. The district will release details at the end of the week about new practices taking effect next Tuesday.

Schools without universal masking are advised to conduct contact tracing for COVID-positive people, while those with masking are not. Asymptomatic people with up-to-date vaccination who are exposed to COVID don’t need to quarantine but are recommended to get tested 5-7 days after exposure and wear a mask indoors for 10 days. Exposed people without up-to-date vaccination should quarantine for 10 days, or 5 with a negative test, no symptoms, and 5 additional days of masking.

FCPS has partnered with Wild Health to offer free vaccination clinics this week. The Fayette Health Department reports 35% of children ages 5 to 11 have had at least one dose, with 69% among kids 12 to 15, and 75% in 16 and 17 year olds.