Iredell-Statesville Board of Education votes 4-2 to require masks beginning Thursday


IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education decided on Tuesday to begin requiring face masks for all I-SS staff and students beginning this Thursday, Sept. 2.

The Board voted 4-2 to mandate masks. Iredell-Statesville school officials said in an emergency called meeting on Tuesday that currently 1,387 students in the district are quarantined due to COVID exposure.

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While not all board members want to enforce a mask mandate, they said this is the only way to keep kids in school when positive cases occur.

Statement released on Tuesday from Iredell-Statesville Schools:

“At an emergency called Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education voted to mandate masks for all I-SS staff and students beginning on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The mask mandate will be reevaluated monthly.”

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As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 31, 5,351 new positive COVID cases have been reported, 3,612 people are currently hospitalized, and daily percent positive is at 14.6%. NCDHHS reports 60% of the adult population has been fully vaccinated in North Carolina.

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