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Masks optional for Carteret County Public Schools

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:50 PM EDT
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -The Carteret County Public School Board voted Wednesday night that masks will be optional for the upcoming school year.

The decision was unanimous during a special called meeting.

Parents who were at the especial called meeting Wednesday night say they are happy with the decision to make masks optional in Carteret County Public Schools.

The board of education considered making revisions to the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit ahead of the new school year.

What is no longer required in the toolkit are: Daily wellness checks, remote learning requirement, prohibition against field trips, one way hallways, daily symptom screenings and social distancing on buses.

Carteret County Public Schools said as for the educational experience, students will have a full academic schedule, five days a week, with face-to-face instruction.

That means no option for Plan A, Plan B or Plan C when it comes to student learning.

Social distancing in public spaces like the hallway, media center, and lunchroom will continue to the extent possible.

Hand sanitizer will continue to be readily available, hand washing will be emphasized, with ongoing disinfection of high touch areas.

April Mitchell has two children in Carteret County Public School and says masks have caused her children some problems.

Also, visitors and volunteers will resume normal activities.

CCPS will resume serving lines in lunchrooms and allow schools to decide if they want to let students eat in the cafeteria or in the classroom.

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