Recommended, not required.

Starting last Friday, that is the situation in regards to the wearing of face masks for the Fayette County school system.

Superintendent Gary Hough announced Thursday afternoon that masking will still be recommended, but it won’t be required in schools or on school buses beginning Feb. 25.

In a statement, Hough said, “Fayette County Schools appreciates the support from parents, students and staff over these difficult past two years.”

Hough said the school system will no longer be contact tracing. However, daily case numbers will be posted on the county website at and Facebook page beginning Monday, Feb. 28.

Testing site information is also available on the website.

The FCS operational system “is pretty much back to normal,” Hough said Thursday.

— Steve Keenan

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