COUNTY BY COUNTY: Local school districts’ mask-wearing policies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Parents all over the Channel 9 viewing area are waiting for decisions from their school leaders about whether kids will be required to wear a mask when school this fall.

Gov. Roy Cooper provided an update on July 21 on mask guidance in schools.

The StrongSchoolsNC toolkit suggests that schools with students in kindergarten through 8th grade should require all children and staff to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

[LINK: StrongSchoolsNC toolkit]

Schools with students in 9th through 12th grades should ensure that anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated, including students, wear a mask indoors.

[READ MORE: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says]

North Carolina, like many other states across the country, is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, which leaders have been keeping a close eye on.

In another recent development, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children ages 2 and older should wear a mask in school, no matter their vaccination status.

[READ: American Academy of Pediatrics: Students should wear masks in school, no matter vaccination status]

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order in May that allowed parents to opt their children out of wearing masks in public schools.

Below is a roundup of districts and mask polices:

North Carolina Schools

  • Alexander County:
  • Anson County (updated July 26): The Anson County School Board decided that students and staff must wear masks indoors and outdoors for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Ashe County:
  • Avery County (updated July 22): Board of Education meeting on July 29
  • Burke County Public Schools (updated July 21): The Board of Education will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Caldwell County (updated July 26): Masks optional
  • Cabarrus County (updated July 26): Masks optional inside schools, mandatory on buses
  • Catawba County (updated July 26): Masks optional for upcoming school year
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg (updated July 26): CMS will meet Friday, July 30, at 9 a.m. to discuss masks
  • Cleveland County (updated July 26): The Cleveland County School Board voted, 6-3, to make masks optional this upcoming school year
  • Gaston County (updated July 27): Masks optional
  • Hickory Public Schools (updated July 26): A decision will be made during a specially called board meeting before Aug. 9 or the decision will be made during the board meeting on Aug. 9.
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools (updated July 27): Board of Ed meeting July 28
  • Kannapolis City Schools:
  • Lincoln County Schools (updated July 20): Masks optional
  • Mooresville Graded School District (updated July 25): Masks optional for all students at parents discretion
  • Richmond County Schools:
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools (updated July 12): Masks optional for all students, staff and visitors. The district is working on additional guidance.
  • Stanly County:
  • Union County Public Schools (updated July 20): Board of Education voted unanimously to make masks optional starting Aug 1. Another meeting is not planned to discuss this issue.
  • Watauga County (updated July 27): Masks optional for students K-12. Masks are required for all school employees when inside school facilities and school-owned vehicles. Employees’ exemptions can be made if they voluntarily provide documentation of their vaccine status or other qualifying exemption. Visitors and volunteers who come into close contact with students will be treated the same as employees under the board’s new regulations. Visitors who go to after-school-indoor activities will be strongly encouraged to wear masks if they are unvaccinated. There is no mask mandate for anyone when outdoors. Click here for more information

South Carolina Schools

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