Lenoir County Board of Education votes to require masks at schools | #Education

The board voted 4-2 in favor of making masks mandatory for all students, teachers, staff, and visitors while indoors at all Lenoir County Schools and facilities.

A special meeting of the Lenoir County Board of Education was held at 6 p.m. Monday and live-streamed on YouTube.

The meeting was held at the Board of Education office located at 2017 W. Vernon Ave. Face masks have been optional for staff as well as students but required for everyone else since last October. The rise of the Omicron variant has led to the board taking another look at the policy.

Present at the meeting were LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams, Keith King, Merwyn K. Smith, Dr. Kimberly Outlaw, among others. The meeting was led by Chairman Bruce Hill.

Prior to the meeting, there was a sign-up sheet available for the comment portion of the meeting, and members of the public were allowed three minutes to speak.

A Lenoir County Public Schools staff member receives the Moderna vaccine Wednesday, March 3, at South Lenoir High School.

Three people spoke all in favor of eliminating the mask policy citing perceived ineffectiveness, decreasing in learning, having to pull masks down to speak, and even increasing one’s risk of infection simply by breathing through the mask.

The board included in the motion that if COVID-19 cases were school-based are less than 1% of the school-based population, and community spread low and not “high” for three consecutive weeks a committee will confer to “review the metrics and make a recommendation” on the status of face coverings.

The policy will go into effect on Jan. 12.



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