Alamance-Burlington Schools to Require Masks in Schools this Fall
By a four-three vote, the Alamance-Burlington School Board voted Monday to require students and staff to wear masks for the upcoming school year. The mask mandate was first recommended by ABSS Superintendent Bruce Benson when he presented his Back-to-School Guidance for the 2021-22 school year. With the vote, all adults and students (age 5 and up) must wear a face covering while indoors at school and while on the school bus, regardless of vaccination status. Board Chair Allison Gant, vice chair Tony Rose and school board members Wayne Beam and Patsy Simpson voted in support of the mask requirement. Board members Ryan Bowden, Sandy Ellington-Graves and Donna Westbrooks voted against the mask requirement. Many of those in attendance at Monday’s board meeting held signs in opposition of the mask requirement. Some of the home-made posters read: “Mask Optional 4 All” … “Just a Parent Who Refuses to Co-Parent with the Government” … “Let Parents Choose” … “Mom for Mask Choice” and “Unmask Our Children.” In-person learning (with masks) will begin for students in the Alamance Burlington School System on Monday, August 23.