Governor Cooper Releases New Covid Guidelines for Schools
Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen announced new Covid-19 safety guidelines for the state’s schools. The new guidelines reduce social distancing requirements from six feet to three feet. Governor Cooper also said students and staff in kindergarten through eighth grade should wear masks while in schools, and unvaccinated high school students should wear masks as well, he said. The recommendations were added to the Strong Schools NC Toolkit – a wide-ranging list of guidelines to help our schools deal with Covid-19. The decision to follow the recommendations must still be made at the local school board level, and state officials did not make it clear what will happen to those school systems who do not follow the guidelines. Randolph County Schools, for instance, have already said they will not require students nor teachers to wear masks this coming school year, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.