In a Lone Oak Elementary classroom, the kids are separated into pods to help avoid the potential spread of COVID-19. 

West Kentucky schools are announcing masking decisions after Republican lawmakers voted in a special session last week to scrap a statewide mask mandate in schools.

The GOP-dominated legislature passed the pandemic measure Thursday during the third day of a special session.The school-related bill nullified the state school board’s requirement that anyone in public K-12 schools wear a mask.  

West Kentucky Schools requiring masks

McCracken County Schools

Paducah Public Schools

Calloway County Schools 

Carlisle County Schools

Fulton Independent Schools

Murray Independent Schools

Mayfield Independent Schools

Crittenden County Schools — will continue masking until board meets. 

Livingston County Schools — The school board voted Monday night to continue its mask requirement inside school buildings. The district will use an updated three-tiered COVID-19 protocol system that includes masking when the county is in the COVID-19 red zone. Click here for more details

Graves County Schools — The school board voted Tuesday night to continue requiring masks.

Caldwell County Schools — The school board voted Wednesday that the district's mask requirement will remain in place. The board will review the requirement again in October. 

Trigg County Schools

Ballard County Schools

Fulton County Schools Masking is to remain in place at this time. The COVID-19 operation plan will be presented at an upcoming school board meeting. 

Lyon County Schools — As of Sept. 8, the district's plan calls for universal masking when the county is in the COVID-19 red zone. 

Schools not requiring masks

Hickman County Schools 

Kentucky school districts now have the responsibility to decide whether masks will be required in their classrooms. Due to state rules, the current masking mandate set in place by the Kentucky Board of Education remains in effect through Thursday, Sept. 16.

If you know a west Kentucky school not on this list that has updated its masking guidance email