Not All Parents Are Happy About Mask Requirement in Schools, Says North Carolina Superintendent

A North Carolina superintendent said Friday that some parents are not thrilled about mask requirements in schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've heard loud and clear from some students and staff for whom face masks are problematic," Cathy Moore, the Wake County schools superintendent said, according to a report by WRAL. "We want to make sure that whatever we put in place maintains health and safety but takes care of the needs of the folks that are in our buildings."

Wake County has yet to decide whether they will require face masks will be used in the classrooms.

Moore wrote a letter to county parents Friday containing the state requirements for the 2020-21 school year, which was drafted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the state's Department of Public Instruction. The requirement consist of three plans: Plan A, B, and C.

Plan A would require minimal social distancing as most students will be allowed to attend school campuses under enhanced health and social distancing protocols. Plan B would only allow at most 50 percent capacity at school campuses. Students who are not in campus will partake in remote learning. Plan C is would have all students learn from home and no students or employees on campus.

"Based on public health data, state and/or local health officials will determine under which plan we operate. We anticipate that health officials will require us to shift plans throughout the school year, in response to our community's public health needs," Moore wrote in the letter, adding that Governor Roy Cooper's office will make an announcement on July 1 regarding what plan will be in place for the first day of school.

North Carolina has 41,249 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus thus far and 1,092 death deaths attributed to the virus, according to the state's Department of Health and Human Services website. The state also currently has 760 hospitalizations.

Cooper announced Friday that the state saw its biggest single-day rise in new cases since the start of the pandemic and cautioned residents to continue practicing social distancing measures while the state is in its second phase of reopening.

"Just because we can leave home doesn't mean we always should," Cooper said, reminding residents that the state is still under a safer-at-home recommendation. Phase 2 of the state reopening is set to conclude on June 26, unless changes are made by the governor.

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