CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Superintendent Earnest Winston sent a memorandum to the Board of Education recommending all students, staff, volunteers, and visitors inside CMS facilities to wear masks for the 2021-2022 school year.
The memorandum included data about COVID-19 and its impact in Mecklenburg County. It also included a timeline with case numbers, CDC recommendations, and much more.
Winston ended the memorandum with this recommendation for the upcoming school year:
Based upon current data in Mecklenburg County and the guidance cited above, the district’s senior leadership team, upon consultation with the District’s COVID-19 Response Team and MCPH, recommends approving universal face covering requirements for all students, staff, volunteers, and visitors inside CMS facilities for the 2021-2022 school year. Universal face covering requirements shall be reviewed at the end of each academic quarter or when local metrics and evolving guidance suggest that safety protocols, including using face coverings, should be revised.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is holding a special meeting on July 30th to consider masking requirements in schools. WCCB Charlotte will have full coverage on the meeting and the outcome. Check back for updates.