Paducah Public Schools released its back-to-school plans Friday, announcing a return to classroom instruction. School officials say they believe in-person learning is best for their students. For the 2021-2022 school year beginning on August 18, they are welcoming students back for five days a week of in-person instruction. To make sure they have flexible plan that allows for the school system to adjust to local, state, and national COVID rates throughout the school year, they will utilize a three-tiered response plan. under level 1, Students, staff, and parents will have the option of wearing masks at the schools and on district property, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required on school buses, per a CDC order. Community health and safety data will be monitored, and if positive cases increase inside a classroom, campus, or across the district, decisions to require masks will be made accordingly. Parents are asked to screen their children before the leave for school The school district will adhere to maintaining three feet of distancing when possible, and staff will continue the COVID-19 cleaning regimen in all schools.