By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 28, 2021
The Currituck County Schools announced on the evening of July 28 that the Currituck Board of Education has voted to make masks optional for the 2021-2022 school year, although they will be required on bus transportation.
That decision rejects the CDC’s July 27 recommendation that all staff and K-12 students wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status. Almost a week earlier, on July 21, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper unveiled new guidelines that encourage North Carolina’s public schools to continue requiring students, staff and guests in grades K-8 to wear masks, while directing that districts ensure that all unvaccinated individuals in high schools continue to wear a face covering indoors.
Cooper is slated to give another COVID briefing tomorrow, his first since the new CDC guidelines. It comes as a time of a dramatic surge in COVID cases. On July 28, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,633 new cases, the highest single-day total since the end of February.
Also, in a new video released July 28 by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), DHHS Director Sheila Davies said the county was reporting 51 cases in the past 48 hours. A month ago, there were 7 cases in an entire week. The Dare County Board of Education has scheduled a special Aug. 5 meeting to discuss its procedures and planning for opening public schools next month.