North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that schools are strongly recommended to require face masks for most students and teachers as COVID-19 metrics continue to rise across the state.
“The guidance in the toolkit strongly states that schools should require masks indoors for everyone, students and teachers in kindergarten through 8th grade. It also directs schools to ensure unvaccinated high school students and teachers wear masks indoors,” Gov. Cooper said during a news conference.
Cooper also said data shows that masks helped prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools during the last academic year.
“These protocols can be put in place to help be able to keep children in school, which is critical,” Cooper said. “These masks can prevent an outbreak in a school that would cause the school system to have to make a decision to send children home don’t want to do that.” #COVID19 #WakeupCLT #ncpol