Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education votes to extend mask requirement

Mask requirement now in place through at least October 11.
Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 5:13 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 7:39 PM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - By a vote of 4-2, the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education voted to extend the mask requirement for students and staff.

The recommendation approved was presented by the district and said: Extend the current mask requirement inside all Rowan-Salisbury School buildings until safely able to change the requirement with a plan to review the decision on October 11, 2021 (End of first quarter).

Board members Travis Allen and Dean Hunger voted in opposition to the recommendation.

The Board initially approved a two-week mask mandate during an emergency called meeting on Aug. 18, and have continued to monitor the COVID-19 positivity rates and quarantines within the district before Monday’s special meeting after reviewing data.

“The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit provides an exception to the quarantine requirement when a student who is masked becomes a close contact with a masked COVID-positive student,” a press release from the school district reads.

By continuing the mask mandate, officials say the district expects to see a reduction in the number of students excluded from school as students and staff are currently returning from quarantines that occurred during the first week of school.

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