Masks now optional in Beaufort County Schools

Other school districts across the country have made masks optional in the classroom.  (Jackson...
Other school districts across the country have made masks optional in the classroom. (Jackson County)(WLOX)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:15 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 9:22 AM EDT
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Masks will be optional for students and staff in Beaufort County starting Wednesday.

The board voted 5-4 to change the current mask mandate.

Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman told WITN he recommended continuing to require face coverings. Cheeseman says masks will still be required on buses and other COVID-19 protocols will remain in place.

A protest is scheduled outside of the Beaufort County Board of Education building in Washington at 8:15 a.m. following the change in policy.

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