Lenoir County Public Schools board votes for mandatory return of face masks

School Watch

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A special called meeting held by members of the Lenoir County Public Schools Board of Education resulted in a vote Monday to return to face masks being required to be worn at all times.

The board voted 4-2 to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors for all indoor facilities and buses. One of the board members did not cast a vote, which by the board’s rules indicates a yes vote.

The move will be in effect until the board’s next meeting when a vote will be held again to determine if the mandate will remain in effect.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Central Services office. It can be viewed on the school system’s YouTube page.

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Face masks are currently optional for students and staff after being required by everyone as late as October of last year. The rise in COVID-19 cases, particularly with the omicron variant, has forced many school systems to take another approach about the use of masks and other safety measures in schools, buses, and other areas.

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