GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — School systems across Eastern North Carolina have been meeting over the past few weeks to determine which steps to take when it comes to wearing masks in the classroom.
Most school systems have already made a decision, however, some are still debating the issue or will come to a decision in the next few days.
Below are the school systems in Eastern North Carolina with the latest on what each will do entering the fall calendar year. We will update this story as we receive more information.
Beaufort County: In a special meeting on Wednesday, Beaufort County Schools votes 6-3 to make masks mandatory. They will revisit the mandate in 30 days. Erin Jenkins has more on this on 9OYS News at 10 on CW and on 9OYS News at 11. Previously, Beaufort County Schools make masks optional for students, employees
Bertie County: No decision has been announced by the school system on its website or social media pages.
Carteret County: Carteret County Public Schools board reverses course, requires masks for the first two weeks of the upcoming semester. Back in July, Carteret County Public Schools board votes unanimously to make masks optional in classrooms
Craven County: Now requiring masks for all staff and students. Previously, Craven County BOE decides mandatory mask mandate for staff, students K-8; Optional for grades 9-12
Currituck County: Masks optional in Currituck County for upcoming school year
Dare County: Masks are optional for the 2021-22 school year, according to OuterBanksVoice.com.
Duplin County: Duplin County Schools to require masks for students, staff during school year
Chowan County: Edenton-Chowan Schools announced Wednesday face masks are only mandatory on buses. They are optional elsewhere. Schools will also only offer in-person learning.
Edgecombe County: Masks are required for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status, according to the Edgecombe County Public Schools Facebook page.
Gates County: Gates County Schools to return full-time to classrooms; mandate masks for staff and student
Greene County: Greene County Schools will require masks to be worn for all staff, students indoors
Hertford County: Hertford County will require masks for students and staff, have in-person learning 5 days a week
Hyde County: Masks will be required for students and staff at all levels.
Jones County: Face masks are optional for students and staff, officials told WNCT on Aug. 3.
Lenoir County: The Lenoir County Public Schools Board of Education met Monday and said masks will be required for the first three weeks of the new school year. You can watch the meeting on the organization’s YouTube page.
Martin County: Martin County Schools vote students, staff to wear masks during upcoming school year
Onslow County: Onslow County School Board votes unanimously to make masks optional in classroom, mandatory on buses
Pamlico County: Face masks are optional for students and staff, according to the Pamlico County Schools Facebook page.
Pasquotank County: Will require masks on buses and in classrooms. They will not be required outdoors, according to The Daily Advance newspaper.
Pender County: Will not require face masks for students and staff, according to the school system’s Facebook page.
Perquimans County: Face masks will only be required on school buses. They are strongly encouraged while indoors at school.
Pitt County: Pitt County Schools voted 6-2 to require masks be worn for students and staff for classes and buses starting with the upcoming semester.
Nash County: Nash, Lee counties vote to mandate masks for all students, staff
Tyrrell County: Tyrrell County Schools decides to make masks optional; Washington County to require masks
Washington County: Tyrrell County Schools decides to make masks optional; Washington County to require masks
Wayne County: The Wayne County Public Schools system reverses a decision to make masks optional on Tuesday. All students and staff are now required to have a face mask for the upcoming school year.
Wilson County: Face masks are required for all students and staff. The decision will be revisited in October, according to the Wilson County Schools Facebook page.