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Update July 29, 4:40 p.m.: Gov. Cooper changed state guidance to say all students and staff in K-12 schools should wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Read more here. See original article below.


On July 21, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina’s mask mandate would expire at the end of July, leaving it up to individual school districts to decide if students and staff will be required to wear masks in schools this year.

Following Gov. Cooper’s announcement, school boards across the state are meeting to determine whether students and staff will be required to wear masks in schools this fall. The North Carolina School Board Association (NCSBA) has started tracking mask policies in the database below.

While the governor is leaving it up to local school districts to determine mask requirements, both Cooper and the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommend that all students and staff in K-12 schools should wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also now recommends all students and staff in K-12 schools wear masks.

To populate the database, NCSBA is using a variety of resources, including school district websites and social media. NCSBA will update the database as districts announce their plans and/or change their plans.

Finally, districts are still finalizing their plans and this information may be incorrect or out of date. Please email Richard Bostic at rbostic@ncsba.org with any feedback or corrections to the database.

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North Carolina School Board Association

NCSBA is the professional organization that represents local boards of education in North Carolina. It is a member-driven association that supports the school governance team—school board members, superintendents, senior administrative staff and board assistants—in its complex leadership role.

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