School Districts Across Our Area Changing Mask Policies Due To The Rising Number Of Covid Cases

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — Tuesday night, the Iredell-Statesville School Board of Education voted 4-2 in an emergency meeting to require masks starting Thursday, September 2nd. Previously, masks were optional.

“It’s still frustrating because I feel why didn’t they do this at first? They knew this was going to happen. We have seen this happen time and time again with the other school districts,” says a concerned parent.

Board members say they don’t like requiring masks, but it’s the only way to keep schools open.

“You’re looking at a situation in which this is one of the things you can do; this is one of the steps you can take to help at least the quarantine to start with if not the entire infection,” says board member Charles Kelly.

York District 1 also voted to require masks. Along with Catawba County Schools and Alexander County Schools.

CMS reported 125 new covid-19 cases in the first three days of classes out of 143,621 total students. Dr. David Priest with Novant Health says some of the uptick in cases is predictable.

“You get people in close spaces together in this Delta very is so contagious it’s going to spread in schools. I think I can be managed with the interventions that I’ve been put in place with masking and social distancing and those kind of things,” says Dr. Priest.