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School Districts (with link to source)
Mask Policy/Resolution
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R (Required) / O (Optional)
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Alamance-Burlington SchoolsXROn August 2, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education voted to approve a requirement for all staff and students ages 5 and up to wear face coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, to start the 2021-22 school year. According to FOX8, the Board clarified on September 14 that athletes must wear a mask if they are not actively playing.
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Alexander County SchoolsX9/1/2021ROn August 31, the Alexander County Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks indoors for staff and students effective Wednesday, Sept. 1. The decision came after a report from school health services indicated 585 students or 13.2 percent of students are currently quarantined in the school system.
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Alleghany County SchoolsX8/25/2021ROn August 24, the Alleghany County Board of Education reversed its August 3 optional mask policy. "All students and staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask. The CDC guidelines state that when all students are wearing a face covering there will be no quarantine for students. Students will still be vulnerable during times in the cafeteria, the gym, or outside when not wearing a mask. Please be aware of your social distance in these locations. Masking protocols will be revisited weekly."
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Anson County SchoolsX8/9/2021ROn July 26, the Anson County Board of Education approved for all school-based students and staff to wear mask indoors and outdoors for the 2021-2022 school year.
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Ashe County SchoolsXRWBTV3: On August 13, the Ashe County Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy and voted to require all students and staff to wear masks while indoors. Masks aren’t required outside, and staff can remove their masks when they’re alone in the classroom or anywhere else not in the presence of children.
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Avery County SchoolsXOOn August 31, the Avery County Board of Education amended its mask policy to require face coverings/masks for ALL employees while inside schools. In addition, plexiglass shields must be utilized when teachers, tutors, or other employees are working in small groups or in one-on-one situations while exercising proper physical distancing when possible. Previously (on August 10), the Board had allowed parent choice on whether or not to place face covers on their children. All students and bus drivers must wear face coverings while on buses. All visitors are required to enter schools by appointment only and must wear face covers while in schools.
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Beaufort County SchoolsXROn August 18, the Beaufort County Board of Education reversed its July 27 optional mask policy and voted to require masks for all students and staff on campus and for buses and other school vehicles. Masks are not required when students are involved in outdoor extracurricular activities, outdoor learning experiences, or outdoor recess. During outdoor athletic contests or other outdoor events, masks are not required for anyone. Continued data collection will occur, and the masking decision will be revisited during the September 21 Beaufort County School Board of Education meeting.
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Bertie County SchoolsXROn August 10, the Bertie County Board of Education adopted the Pathways to a Safe and Healthy Return that requires masks in schools.
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Bladen County SchoolsXROn August 20, the Bladen County Schools Board of Education reversed its August 9 optional mask decision. The board voted to make masks universally mandatory indoors. All staff and students of Bladen County Schools will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors, except for those with legal exemptions already established by the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit. Per CDC’s Order, all passengers, including students and staff, will be required to wear a mask on buses, vans, and other group transportation owned by Bladen County Schools.
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Brunswick County SchoolsXROn August 9, the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to begin the 2021-2022 school year with face coverings required inside school buildings for all K-12 students and unvaccinated staff, with the mask policy revisited each month for review for any potential change. Vaccinated staff are exempt from mask policy. Student athletes who are actively playing sports inside do not have to wear a mask. Per CDC requirements, face coverings must be worn on school buses at this time.
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Buncombe County SchoolsXROn August 13, the Buncombe County Board of Education held a meeting to discuss enhancements to the face covering requirements to begin the school year. The Board voted to make face coverings universally mandatory indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status. The Board will still consider exemptions to this based on medical or behavioral challenges that would be impacted by a face covering. Additionally, coaches and participants in indoor sports must wear masks in practice but would have the option to lower them during intense practice activities and while participating in athletic contests. Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation will be required due to federal mandate.
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Asheville City SchoolsXRAll Pre-K through 12th graders and staff (both school-based and district-wide support positions) will be required to wear face coverings consistently while inside during the school day, regardless of a student’s vaccination status. In alignment with the Toolkit and current CDC recommendations, all students, Pre-K through 12th grade, will be required to wear face coverings on school buses. Students and staff will NOT be required to wear face coverings when they are outside for recess, PE, or when learning in an outdoor classroom. However, student-athletes will be required to wear face coverings when they are not actively engaged in rigorous physical activity, regardless of whether their sporting event is taking place indoors or outdoors.
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Burke County Public SchoolsXROn August 16, the Burke County Board of Education reversed its July 29 optional mask policy and voted to make face coverings universal indoors for all teachers, staff and students in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The vote for universal face coverings indoors follows the most recent guidance of the CDC, the StrongSchools NC Toolkit and the NC State Board of Education..
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Cabarrus County SchoolsX8/16/2021ROn August 16, the Cabarrus County Board of Education voted to reverse its July 26 decision to make masks optional. The Board voted to require all board members, visitors to school buildings, staff, and children in grades PreK-12 to wear masks indoors, including school and activity buses, unless actively eating. A medical exemption may be applied for due to an issue that is exacerbated by COVID-19. According to WSOC-TV, the Board voted on September 13 that the district will not contact trace unless two cases come from a single classroom, bus or athletic team.
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Kannapolis City SchoolsX8/10/2021RHaving previously voted on July 29 to make masks optional, on August 9 the Kannapolis City Board of Education voted to require masks indoors for all students, staff, and visitors, beginning August 10, 2021. "This new recommendation should result in reducing student and staff quarantines, allowing them to remain in the classroom and to continue participating in extracurricular activities. This, paired with other mitigation measures, such as social distancing, air quality improvements in each school, and reducing large assemblies and gatherings, will keep more students learning face-to-face. Recommendations from the state and local health agencies will be continually reviewed and the Board of Education will make changes to this requirement when appropriate.
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Caldwell County SchoolsX8/30/2021ROn August 27, the Caldwell County Board of Education reversed its July 26 optional mask policy and voted to require face masks indoors on school grounds for students, staff, and visitors. The requirement will be in effect until local health conditions are not considered high risk for transmission. Mask wearing will not be required for those who have documented exemptions found in the updated Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) Safe Schools Toolkit. Masks are also not required for athletes engaged in indoor sports. In addition, masks are not required for outdoor activities.
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Camden County SchoolsX9/7/2021R*WTKR3: On August 12, On September 2, the Camden County Board of Education reversed its August 12 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks in schools except where three feet of social distancing can be maintained. Three feet is the minimum social distancing definition under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services toolkit.
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Carteret County Public SchoolsXROn August 18, the Carteret County Board of Education voted to reverse their July 28 optional mask policy and require masks for students and staff in the Carteret County Public Schools during the 2021-22 school year. The Board will revisit this issue at their next meeting on September 7. (The Board voted to keep their mask mandate on September 7.)
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Caswell County SchoolsXROn August 9, the Caswell County Board of Education approved requiring all students, teachers, staff, and other adults to wear a face covering in school buildings, on school buses, and anywhere indoors regardless of vaccination status.
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Catawba County SchoolsX9/2/2021ROn August 31, the Catawba County Board of Education reversed its July 26 optional mask policy. The Board voted to make face masks mandatory for all staff, students, and visitors while inside school facilities and on school buses, beginning September 2, 2021. The face-covering policy will be voted on at least once per month beginning at the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 27, 2021. A student or staff member will not be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth if a licensed medical provider provides written notice in the form of an Accommodation Request and Medical Certification for Students or Employees which will be available on our website.
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Hickory Public SchoolsXROn August 9, the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education voted to require masks for all students (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade) and all staff for the start of school year 2021-2022. Students and staff are required to wear masks inside all school facilities. All visitors who enter inside any school facilities must also wear masks. Each month, going forward, the HPS Board of Education will review with Catawba County Public Health the status of the community spread of COVID-19 or any variant of the virus. Masks requirements will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
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Newton Conover City SchoolsX9/7/2021ROn September 3, the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require staff, students, and visitors to wear face coverings while indoors on school campuses beginning September 7 (provided they do not meet one of the criteria for exceptions). Face coverings are also still required to be worn on school transportation. The Board of Education reserves the right to once again make face coverings optional as deemed appropriate. Per S. B. 654, the Board of Education is required throughout the 2021-2022 school year to review this policy each month, consider the need for modifications, and vote to approve/modify this policy
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Chatham County SchoolsXROn August 5, the Chatham County Board of Education voted to continue universal masking for students and staff for the 2021-2022 school year. The requirement matches recommendations from NCDHHS, the ABC Science Collaborative, and the Chatham County Public Health Department.
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Cherokee County SchoolsX9/2/2021RNews Channel 9: Cherokee County Schools has reversed its mask optional policy. Starting September 2, masks will be required in all Cherokee County Schools. The mandate will be re-evaluated either weekly or monthly, depending on conditions in Cherokee County.
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Edenton-Chowan Public SchoolsX9/1/2021ROn August 31, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education reversed its optional mask policy. The Board voted that students must wear a mask this school year in all indoor settings in all schools, including buses, classrooms, locker rooms, and weight rooms, effective September 1st.
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Clay County SchoolsXROn July 26, On August 18, the Clay County Board of Education reversed its July 26 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require all staff and students to wear masks while inside school-owned buildings in order to prevent quarantines and remote instruction as much as possible. This decision will be reviewed at a special meeting on September 7th at 5:30 pm. Students will also be required to wear a mask while riding a bus. All students will be provided with five approved cloth masks that should be washed every weekend.
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Edenton-Chowan Public SchoolsXROn August 18, the Cleveland County Board of Education reversed its July 26 optional mask policy and voted to require masks indoors during instructional time, and to allow parents to have exemptions for medical or behavioral conditions, for being at risk from wearing a face covering, or for religious reasons; and anyone who declines to wear a face covering for these reasons will not be required to produce documentation or any proof of a condition; and to allow students to change masks every two hours, if requested; and to direct the Superintendent to design an exemption form for parents to sign.
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Columbus County SchoolsX8/23/2021ROn August 20, the Columbus County Board of Education reversed its optional mask policy. The Board voted to require all students and staff as well as any visitors on CCS properties to wear a mask/face covering beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 in all indoor areas. All students and staff are required to wear a mask/face covering on any school district transportation.
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Whiteville City SchoolsX8/23/2021RThe Whiteville City Schools Board reversed its optional mask policy. Effective August 23, all staff and students of Whiteville City Schools must wear a face covering while indoors and while being transported in vehicles owned by Whiteville City Schools.
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Craven County SchoolsXROn August 17, the Craven County Board of Education updated its school COVID safety requirements as follows: 1) All students and staff in grades Prek-13 will be required to wear masks, 2) All employees will be required to wear masks at all Craven County School Offices and Buildings, and 3) Visitors and and volunteers will not be permitted on campus to help mitigate the spread of COVID.
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Cumberland County SchoolsXRCumberland County Schools (CCS) will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear face masks at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The masking requirement is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status and applies to all schools and district facilities. Masks are also required on all public school transportation. Students will be able to take masks off while eating and drinking and outdoors as long as they are not in a crowded setting or participating in activities that involve close contact with others.
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Currituck County SchoolsX8/30/2021RThe Outer Banks Voice: The Currituck County Board of Education voted on Aug. 27 to reverse its July 28 optional mask vote and mandate masks in its buildings effective Monday Aug. 30. The mask mandate will apply to indoor school events as well.
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Dare County SchoolsX9/2/2021ROn September 1, the Dare County Board of Education reversed its its Aug. 5 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks indoors in all Dare County School facilities effective September 2. Anyone who enters a school district facility must wear a face mask. DCS will limit nonessential visitors as determined by the lead administrator of the facility.
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Davidson County SchoolsXRWFMY NEWS 2: On August 23, the Davidson County Schools Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board mandated masks to be worn in school buildings for the next four weeks. After four weeks, the board will revisit the number of positive COVID-19 cases of students and staff within the county for decision-making purposes.
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Lexington City SchoolsXROn August 3, the Lexington City Board of Education voted to require all persons on all school property and school transportation to wear masks for the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. The Board also decided to have all athletes participating in sports and students involved in all school extracurricular activities to be tested, and schools will follow all State and CDC guidelines.
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Thomasville City SchoolsXRThe Dispatch: The Thomasville City Schools Board of Education voted to require masks for students for the first nine weeks in accordance with the NCStrongSchools Toolkit and will review the policy in mid-October.
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Davie County SchoolsXRFox 8: On August 16, the Davie County Board of Education reversed its July 29 decision for optional masks in schools due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Board voted to require masks for all students and staff effective immediately.
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Duplin County SchoolsXRWNCT9 news: July 29 press release by Duplin County Schools states “Considering all current data, Duplin County Schools will continue district-wide universal masking in all grades pre-k through 12 (unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit use). The District will continue to monitor the situation and announce changes as necessary."
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Durham Public SchoolsRDurham Public Schools website: "All students and staff are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The DPS Board of Education will revisit mask requirements in August."
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Edgecombe County Public SchoolsXREdgecombe County Schools are currently following guidance from the North Carolina Strong Schools Public Health Toolkit which recommends masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
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Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools
X8/2/2021ROn July 28, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted to require masks for all students, staff, and visitors 5 years old and older in all WS/FCS buildings and means of transportation, for the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. The requirement will go into effect August 2, 2021, and will be reassessed at the end of the first quarter. 
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Franklin County SchoolsXRWRAL.com: On August 9, the Franklin County Board of Education voted for masks to be required indoors at all times for all students and staff in Franklin County Schools. Students can ask for a mask exemption if they have a medical reason. Masks will also be required during all extracurricular activities, including sports and band.
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Gaston County SchoolsXROn August 16, the Gaston County Board of Education voted to reverse its July 27 decision to make masks optional. The Board voted to require face coverings/masks for people inside school buildings and central office buildings. The requirement is for students, employees, parents, and visitors while they are inside a Gaston County Schools facility regardless of vaccination status.
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Gates County Public SchoolsXROn July 27, the Gates County Board of Education elected to have all staff and students in grades PreK-12 wear masks. The Board did not, at this time, create a policy or resolution, as the situation may change depending on guidance received from state and local authorities.
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Graham County SchoolsX9/13/2021ROn August 30, the Graham County Board of Education reversed its August 3 optional mask policy. Effective Aug.31, all students will commence Remote Learning for a period of 8 student days (14 calendar days). All sports practices/games, extracurricular activities, and other activities on school campuses will be halted during this time. When students return to school on Sept. 13, all students and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors with the exception of during meals and at times of physical activity. Everyone will be required to wear masks on buses at all times. The Board will review the data trends and make further decisions at the October 5 Board meeting.
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Granville County Public SchoolsXRHenderson Daily Dispatch: On August 2, the Granville County Board of Education voted to require students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings while indoors at school.
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Greene County SchoolsX8/3/2021ROn August 2, the Greene County Board of Education voted to require masks for all students and staff.
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Guilford County SchoolsXROn July 27, the Guilford County Board of Education voted to require face coverings for all students and staff when the school year begins in August. The Board will reevaluate that guidance every 10 weeks, or at the end of each academic quarter.
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Halifax County SchoolsXRAt the August 2 meeting, the Halifax County Board of Education approved schools to require all staff and students to wear masks. They also requested the drafting of a resolution for the September meeting requiring all staff that have not been vaccinated to be tested on a regular basis.
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Roanoke Rapids Graded School District
XROn August 18, the RRGSD Board of Trustees voted to reverse its August 10 optional mask policy and to require masks for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. The Board also approved to opt into on-site COVID-19 testing for staff and students. Testing would be done only with parental permission and on an as needed basis as requested by the individual and determined by the school.
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Weldon City SchoolsXROn August 3, the Weldon City Schools Board of Education voted to require face coverings for all K-12 staff, students, and visitors (some athletic exceptions).
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Harnett County SchoolsX10/5/2021OWRAL.com: On September 14, the Harnett County Schools Board of Education voted to make masks optional on October 5. "Board members said recent coronavirus case numbers, how there seemed to be a downward trend in cases, ability for virtual learning and quarantine time being down because of PRC testing contributed to the decision to make masks optional."CBS17.com: On August 19, the Harnett County Schools Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy by voting to require masks in educational buildings
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Haywood County SchoolsX ROn August 21, the Haywood County Schools Board of Education reversed its July 27 optional mask policy and voted to require masks indoors for all students, staff and visitors. Masks are required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
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Henderson County Public SchoolsX8/23/2021ROn August 9, the Henderson County Board of Education reversed its August 2 approval of optional face coverings and approved the requirement of all students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings indoors at all school facilities when students are scheduled for instruction, except for those with legal exemptions already established by the NCDHHS SafeSchoolsNC Toolkit. The Board also voted to provide an exemption to student athletes while participating in indoor athletics. Moving forward, the Board plans to revisit the issue of mandatory face coverings at each Board meeting, based on updated numbers of school-affected positives, quarantines, and staffing.
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Hertford County SchoolsXROn July 26, the Hertford County Board of Education voted to require all students and staff to wear masks in school this upcoming school year.
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Hoke County SchoolsXRFrom 2021-2022 School Re-Entry Plan: Face coverings will be required inside all buildings and on all school transportation for all students and staff, PreK-12, regardless of vaccination status.
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Hyde County SchoolsX9/14/2021ROn August 4, the Board voted that masks will continue to be required in all Hyde County School buildings and transportation. The Board felt the guidance in the StrongSchools NC Toolkit K-12 on Quarantining with masking provided the best opportunity to keep students in school for in-person learning. (On September 7, the Board passed an updated face coverings policy that will go into effect on September 14th. The mask procedures listed in this policy are essentially the same as what the district has been operating under since the beginning of this school year but now including sporting events.)
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Iredell-Statesville SchoolsX9/2/2021ROn August 31, the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education reversed its July 28 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks in schools starting September 2. On September 7, the Board voted to require medical exemption waivers to be signed by a medical professional.
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Mooresville Graded School DistrictX8/6/2021ROn August 5, as a result of rapidly increasing COVID-19 numbers and from discussions with the local health department, the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education canceled its mask optional approach and required all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering while inside school facilities or on school buses. This requirement will go into effect Friday, August 6, 2021, at the beginning of the school day. Individuals who do not have an approved exemption on file with the school, will not be permitted to enter school district facilities without a proper face covering.
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Jackson County Public SchoolsXROn July 27, the Jackson County Board of Education voted to require masks for K-12 students and staff. The Board will revisit this decision on September 28.
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Johnston County Public SchoolsXRHaving previously voted for optional masks on July 29, on August 10 the Johnston County Board of Education voted for an indoor mask mandate for the upcoming school year.
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Jones County Public SchoolsX9/2/2021RSuperintendent report: Beginning September 2, Jones County Public Schools will require masks for all grade levels. Previously, on August 27, the Jones County Schools Board of Education revised its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks for grades 6-12 effective on August 30, but masks were optional but strongly encouraged for grades K-5.
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Lee County SchoolsX8/2/2021ROn August 2, the Lee County Board of Education voted to begin the school year requiring masks indoors for K-12 students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
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Lenoir County Public SchoolsXRWITN: On August 9, the Lenoir County Board of Education voted to require face masks for everyone while inside of school buildings and on school transportation, but they will not be required while outdoors for the first three weeks of the new school year.
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Lincoln County SchoolsX9/29/2021OWCNC: On September 14, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to make masks optional in schools once again, effective Sept. 29. The Board also voted that Lincoln County students and staff will now no longer have to quarantine unless they are positive for COVID-19, symptomatic, or have a quarantine order from the health department.On August 17, the Lincoln County Board of Education reversed its June 29 optional mask policy. Beginning August 18, 2021, Lincoln County Schools will temporarily enforce a mask mandate for a minimum of 30 days. This temporary mask mandate is in effect for everyone inside our facilities regardless of their vaccination status or COVID recovery exposure status. This temporary mask mandate will result in all visitors to the school being required to follow the temporary mask mandate regardless of their reason for entering the building.
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Macon County SchoolsX8/16/2021RThe Southern Scoop: The Macon County Board of Education reversed its earlier decision to start the school year without a mask mandate. On August 16, the Board voted to require face coverings for students and staff inside school facilities and school transportation, effective immediately. Face coverings will not be required outside, or during vigorous physical activity. The face coverings mandate will be re-evaluated weekly and can change based on COVID19 data for Macon County.
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Madison County SchoolsXRAn August 11 press release reported a reversal of the July 26 optional mask policy for Madison County Schools. Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in Madison County and across North Carolina and the high transmission rates of the Delta Variant, particularly among children, all students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings indoors at all school facilities when students are scheduled for instruction until further notice.
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Martin County SchoolsX8/3/2021RThe Martin County Board of Education voted that students and staff will start the 2021-2022 school year with a mask requirement. Effective August 3, MCS will follow CDC and NCDHHS recommendations during the school day. A decision on athletics will be made by Dr. David Fonseca, Superintendent; Clay Wagner, Director of Student Services; and athletic directors in the school district.
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McDowell County SchoolsXROn August 16, the McDowell County Board of Education voted to reverse its July 29 optional mask policy and to require all students and staff to wear mask when they return to class. The district will continue to monitor cases and revisit its mask policy on a regular basis.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg SchoolsXROn July 30, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to make masks mandatory for the upcoming school year.
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Mitchell County SchoolsX8/30/2021ROn August 30, the Mitchell County Board of Education reversed its optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks when indoors and unable to social distance (6 feet or more) for all faculty and staff unless religious or medical exempt. Mask will be required for all students unless a parent/guardian completes an opt-out form.
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Montgomery County SchoolsXROn August 2, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved the following: Face masks will be required for all students, Pre-K through 12th grade, in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. All staff, both school and district-wide support, will be required to wear a face mask in all buildings regardless of vaccinations status. Based upon the guidance of the NC Toolkit and current CDC recommendations, all students will be required to wear face masks on school buses. Face masks will NOT be required in outdoor spaces or for outdoor sports. Will follow all relevant NCHSAA guidelines for indoor sports.
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Moore County SchoolsX8/10/2021ROn August 9, the Moore County Board of Education approved a motion to require face masks for students and staff in grades Pre-K-12 indoors at all schools and district sites; at all indoor athletic and extracurricular activities; and on all school buses and activity bus transportation, beginning on August 10, 2021.
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Nash County Public SchoolsXRRocky Mount Telegram: The Nash Board of Education voted to require all Nash County Public School students and staff, in grades Pre-K through 13, to wear face coverings when indoors for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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New Hanover County SchoolsXRThe New Hanover County Board of Education voted to require all students and staff in grades K-12 to wear masks at the start of the upcoming school year.
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Northampton County SchoolsXRAll students and staff are required to wear masks.
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Onslow County SchoolsX9/13/2021RWNCT9: On September 7, the Onslow County Board of Education reversed its August 10 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks be worn by students and staff while in class.
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Orange County SchoolsX7/15/2021ROCS Plan A (In-Person Learning) Health & Safety Updates: Masks are required indoors for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status.
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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City SchoolsXROn August 3, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education voted to require students and staff to wear masks indoors and out. The Board also voted to require everyone attending its public meetings to wear a mask or face covering, regardless of vaccination status, unless prevented from doing so by a medical or behavioral condition or disability; that any member of the public may enter the main meeting room to deliver public comment regardless of whether they are able to wear a mask; and that when not giving public comment, attendees not wearing masks will be seated in a satellite meeting space where they can see and hear the proceedings. In addition, the Board approved mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff who are not fully vaccinated who also participate or coach in athletics, extracurricular activities, co-curricular and student-led activities, consistent with CDC and NCDHHS guidance.
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Pamlico County SchoolsX9/1/2021ROn August 31, the Pamlico County School Board reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require masks for preK-12 students, staff, and visitors in schools. Athletes in outside sports will not wear masks. Athletes in indoor sports will not wear masks while participating in the game, but athletes on the sideline will wear masks. Spectators for indoor sports will wear masks. The Board will review this issue again on September 8.
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Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools
XRDailyAdvance.com: On August 2, the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Board of Education voted to have face masks worn inside all school facilities and on school buses during the upcoming school year but not outdoors on school campuses. The Board indicated the decision will be revisited as COVID-19 trends change.
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Pender County SchoolsX10/4/2021OOn September 21, the Pender County Board of Education voted to make face coverings optional when on school grounds effective October 4. Masks will continued to be worn on Pender County school buses. Students and staff taking part in off-campus, school-related activities have to abide by local or facility guidelines regarding mask use. Additionally, Pender County Schools personnel will not issue quarantine orders. All quarantine and isolation orders are the responsibility of the Pender County Health Director. School personnel will continue to share information with the Pender County Health Director and Health Department and to exclude students and staff consistent with Federal and State laws and regulations.On August 21, the Pender County Board of Education reversed its July 23 optional mask policy and voted to require masks consistent with the recommendations in the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, regardless of vaccination status, when inside a school facility or taking part in a school activity. Visitors to school grounds will be limited during the 2021-22 school year and all volunteers/visitors must seek prior approval from the school principal before visiting campus.
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Perquimans County SchoolsX9/1/2021ROn August 31, the Perquimans County Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require students, staff and visitors to wear a mask while inside school facilities effective September 1st. This requirement will expire at the end of each month depending on the Board of Education’s decision at each monthly meeting when school system metrics are analyzed.
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Person County SchoolsXROn August 12, the Person County Board of Education voted to require masks for students and teachers in schools.
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Pitt County SchoolsXROn August 16, the Pitt County Board of Education decided that masks will be required to be worn inside Pitt County Schools buildings and on transportation by students, staff, and visitors.
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Polk County SchoolsX9/8/2021ROn September 7, the Polk County Board of Education reversed its August 2 optional mask policy. Starting September 8, all students attending Polk County Schools are required to wear a face covering during the school day.
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Randolph County SchoolsX ROn August 29, the Randolph County Board of Education reversed its July 19 optional mask policy. The Board voted to require face coverings be worn whenever students are around others in classrooms or on buses. Students will not have to wear them when participating in extracurricular activities. The Board will re-evaluate this policy on Oct. 15th.
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Asheboro City SchoolsXROn August 12, the Asheboro City Board of Education voted to require masks be worn by students and staff inside school buildings to start the school year.
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Richmond County SchoolsXROn August 3, the Richmond County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve mandatory universal masking for all Pre-K through 12th-grade students and staff.
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Public Schools of Robeson CountyXROn August 2, the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education voted to approve a requirement for students and staff to wear face masks while inside the school buildings, regardless of vaccination status, to start the 2021-2022 academic year. 
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Rockingham County SchoolsXRFOX8: On August 20, the Rockingham County Schools Board of Education reversed its August 9 optional mask policy and voted to require masks for the beginning of the school year. The Board said they would revisit the issue at a later date.
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Rowan-Salisbury SchoolsXRWBTV3: On August 17, the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education reversed its July 12 optional mask policy and voted to require masks in classrooms. All students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside in all school buildings effective immediately for two weeks.
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Rutherford County SchoolsXRSuperintendent report: On August 26, the Rutherford County Board of Education reversed its August 3 optional mask policy. "Effective Monday, August 30, face coverings are required for students, employees, and visitors within the classroom setting. That requirement will remain in place while Rutherford County remains categorized as a "High" transmission zone on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Community Transmission Map. Consistent with the ongoing CDC Order, face coverings are required on white and yellow school buses."
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Sampson County SchoolsXRThe Sampson Independent: On August 17, the Sampson County Board of Education voted to reverse its July 26 optional mask policy and require masks for students and staff.
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Clinton City SchoolsXROn August 20, the Clinton City Board of Education replaced its July 28 optional mask policy with a hybrid required mask policy. Students, staff, parents, and visitors will be required to wear a mask while indoors in a closed environment, such as classrooms, offices, and media centers. However, face coverings will not be required in “transitional times” throughout the school day, such as arriving at or departing from school, moving from one classroom to another, or when in the bathroom. Students also won’t be required to wear a mask when participating in physical activity indoors.
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Scotland County SchoolsXROn July 26th, the Board of Education voted to require masks for all students and staff. The Board will revisit the decision on a monthly basis. During the August 23rd Scotland County Schools Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting, the Board voted to continue a mask mandate through September 30th, 2021.
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Stanly County SchoolsXROn August 3, the Stanly County Board of Education approved the following resolution: "While inside school buildings and other enclosed spaces utilized for student learning, field trips or enrichment activities, face coverings will be required for all employees and students for the 2021-2022 school year until the positivity rate for Stanly County falls below 7.9% during a consecutive two week period. This requirement does not apply to outdoor activities including recess, physical education, and other outdoor learning opportunities. Appropriate physical distancing will be utilized during outdoor activities to the greatest extent possible."
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Stokes County SchoolsX9/1/2021RFOX8News: On August 31, the July 27 optional mask policy was reversed. Starting Sept. 1, masks will be required in all Stokes County Schools buildings, buses and vans when occupied by students.
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Surry County SchoolsXROn August 2, the Surry County Board of Education voted in favor of a mask mandate that will be in effect for the first month of school. The Board will reevaluate the plan each month, according to Superintendent Travis Reeves.