In late June, Governor Andy Beshear and state education officials outlined the guidance for the upcoming school year and what districts would need to do to keep everyone safe. The guidance allows flexibility for each of the state's 171 school districts. The back to school plan will rely on masks to keep students, teachers and staff safe, but for many masks have become a hot button issue.Students have their own opinions on wearing them. Still, the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation is trying to lessen the stigma surrounding the masks through a new social media campaign and contests.
International students in the US could face deportation if their universities do not offer in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Kentucky is planning in-person classes, but some are worried that could change.