Ministry of Education (MOE) Purchases Masks for Government Schools

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The following is a press release from the Ministry of Education:

Education Minister Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly (r) and MOE Chief Officer Ms. Cetonya Cacho (2nd right) hand over the new masks to DES Director Mark Ray (l) and DES Acting Head of Business Services Ms. Jenny Rivers (2nd left) for distribution to schools.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has purchased reusable masks for distribution in all government schools.

The 44,000 Department of Education Services (DES) branded masks, which arrived on 27 October, were purchased for approximately $195,000.00.

Included in the order were 30,000 child-sized masks,14,000 adult-sized masks and filters for each of the protective face coverings.

“Through this initiative, every student and member of staff in our government schools will receive a minimum of five masks. It is important that we provide our students and staff with an extra layer of protection at this time as we ensure continuity of learning amidst the recent spread of COVID 19 in our schools.” Minister for Education, the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, stated.

The Education Minister continued, “The new masks will be utilised along with the 500 disposable masks that the Health Services Authority graciously donated to each of our schools in September. I am hopeful that through the provision of these masks, the continued implementation of the safety protocols outlined in the COVID 19 Guidance for Educational Institutions, the advice of our health officials and partnership with parents, our schools will be able to fight COVID 19 even more effectively.”

In September, the MOE issued COVID 19 Guidance for Educational Institutions. The document provides educators with direction regarding the implementation of several key safety measures, including mask-wearing. It states all staff and students over the age of five in educational institutions are expected to wear masks while riding the bus, moving through the school compound, while indoors, and while in a group setting, if unable to maintain a distance of six feet from others.

Exemptions include children/students who cannot put on or remove a mask without assistance and teachers who rely on mouth cues such as lip reading for communication with students.

Masks may also be removed when playing outdoors, eating, or working independently at one’s desk.

To learn more about the COVID 19 Guidance for Educational Institutions, visit www.gov.ky/coronavirus-education.

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