ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — Masks will soon be required on campus for Alexander County Schools.
During a special-called meeting on Aug. 31, the Board of Education voted 4-2 to require masks inside schools. Previously, the board had chosen during a meeting on Aug. 2 to make masks optional indoors but still required them on buses under federal law. The indoor mask requirement takes effect Wednesday, Sept. 1.
A spokesperson for the district told WCNC Charlotte 585 students were under COVID-19 quarantine protocols, about 13% of the district's 4,425 students.
The decision by Alexander County school leaders means only five North Carolina districts in the Charlotte metro area have mask-optional policies as of writing:
- Idredell-Statesville Schools
- Catawba County Schools
- Avery County Schools
- Union County Public Schools
- Newton-Conover City Schools
Four of the five districts listed above have board meetings scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 31.