Currituck BOE votes to make school masks optional  

By on July 28, 2021

Decision comes amid major surge in NC cases

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.





  • Just a mom

    I applaud and appreciate the Currituck County’s BOE decision to leave the wearing of masks up to the individual. Thank you for your level headed and American valued response to a difficult situation.

    Wednesday, Jul 28 @ 9:39 pm
  • Bill

    Finally, common sense reigns.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 5:15 am

    HOOORAY! well said “just a mom” now we can only hope the other local schools follow suit! Someone has to be the leader and not the follower!

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 5:27 am
  • Disgruntled

    I’m with Just a mom, she has said it so well. It’s good to see a common sense decision being made.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 7:51 am
  • sandflea

    I guess they don’t teach much science up there in Currituck. This Delta Variant is doing everything it can to seek people out and kill them. SO, if you aren’t smart enough to get vaccinated and/or wear a mask and you get COVID; PLEASE DO NOT go to the hospital and take up a bed that someone who may have a stroke or heart attack will need. Being “anti-science” is not level headed. This situation has been made much, much worse by the anti-vaxxers as they are the only ones dying from this virus and 99,7% of hospitalizations are the unvaccinated. Almost 100% of transmissions are from the non vaccinated. “The individual” doesn’t get to decide who gets infected; the virus does.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 8:09 am
  • Steve Railsback

    Excellent decision. Any dissenters on the vote?

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 8:11 am
  • Jeff Walker

    Kudos to the Currituck Board of Education for volunteering their students to determine whether or not school reopenings will become another superspreader event. Their commitment to the scientific method is commendable.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 8:39 am
  • thomas

    “American Valued” why not go ahead and infect a few more teachers we pay them crap anyway to babysit our children with the lowest test scores in the civilized world.

    USA = 600,000 plus dead
    Canada = 26,000 dead
    Australia =900 dead
    New Zealand = 26 dead

    American values are truly the envy of the world!

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 9:44 am
  • Travis

    It’s so dumb how masks have become more important to people as political statement than a safety measure. By all measurements, they have been shown to reduce the transmission of Covid (to say nothing of the bonus we had when everyone was wearing them in the drop in other infectious diseases and the flu).
    I am reminded of a meme circulating which describes a boat full of people where everyone has their own personal cabin. One guy decides to start digging a hole in the floor and of course the water comes pouring in. The other passengers get mad at him and he responds, “Hey, it’s MY cabin.”

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 10:00 am
  • obxcharles

    I hope Dare BOE remembers, when its time for them to vote, that we the people of Dare voted them in office. Our Country needs more people like the Currituck Board of Education. Great Job.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 10:39 am
  • Grandyguy

    thank goodness we still possess common sense & freedom here in Currituck USA!

    I refuse to live in fear of every thing that comes down the pipe (thank you for that mom & dad) and my children will be raised that way also.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 12:13 pm
  • Ray

    I agree with sandflea. I’ve never seen anything like this movement for so called Freedom. Our freedom was not meant to include spreading communicable diseases. I guess typhoid Mary would have been applauded today for being “free”. What a selfish agenda when you only care about “me” and not “we”.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 12:24 pm
  • Stephen McKenna

    So unvaccinated students will have option of passing the virus on to other students and teachers. One of the most stupid decisions this board has made in a longtime.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 2:36 pm
  • Southern Dawn

    Sandflea, Flag on the field.

    “This situation has been made much, much worse by the anti-vaxxers as they are the only ones dying from this virus” No basis in fact. Fully vaccinated individuals are also dying from Covid. Source. The news in dozens of states.

    “99,7% of hospitalizations are the unvaccinated.” Again, what is the source of this information. If you are referring to the number of unvaccinated covid deaths, this statement would be correct. There are plenty of hospital beds. Currently hospitalized with Covid in NC is 1,141 with 274 in ICU. Source NCDHHS Dashboard

    “Almost 100% of transmissions are from the non vaccinated.” Again, source? Fully vaccinated individuals can transmit the virus to both vaccinated and unvaccinated. The efficacy of the injections were never 100% and Americans with underlying medical conditions will continue to struggle to live whether they are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated.

    US Population as of 7/11/21 Source: Worldmeter 332,987,277
    US Vaccinations: 163,588,042
    US total covid Infections as of today: 34,672,690
    Children ages 12-17: Source: = 25,000,000
    Children ages 0-11: Source = 48,000,000 – not eligible for any of current vaccines

    So are you are angry at the anti-vaxxer parents who choose not to give their children under 18 a vaccine? Are you angry at the people who were infected and did not die that have some level of immunity? Are you angry at the 18-39 age group who are of child bearing age and choose not to get a vaccine which is contraindicated for women who plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding until more clinical information is obtained?

    Everyone in this country needs to stop with the shame and blame game. It is unwarranted, unproductive and divisive.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 8:15 pm
  • sandflea

    Southern Dawn;
    You wrote a lot there, but really didn’t say much.
    The hyper individualism going around is insane. Yes, you have the right to be stupid and an idiot in America. Yes, you have the right to not get vaccinated and infect your parents, grandparents and kids. Yes, we all know you have your rights.
    BUT, you don’t have the right to infect me, my parents, grandparents and kids. You don’t have the right to infect other peoples families. The FACTS show over 99% of people in hospitals and deaths are amongst the unvaccinated. Its not my job to inform you of proven scientific data. You have a Google machine in your phone or computer; use it. Don’t be spreading BS “information” obtained from Chinese propaganda websites or conspiracy websites. Definitely don’t be spreading information you obtained from Q.
    You say that there isn’t enough data, etc; just the simple FACT that over 99% of the people dying are unvaccinated is FACT that the vaccine works.
    You had to have at least 5 or 6 vaccinations to get into school. The people in the military are required to get the necessary vaccines. I’m sick of all the phony outrage over this; as well as the majority of Americans. The private sector will soon be requiring proof of vaccination to be able to work at their business and enter their respective businesses. Yes, the private sector has the right to do this.
    This is like taking a horse to water. Drink or die.
    Again, if you refused to get vaccinated and get COVID and truly need to go to the hospital; please don’t. Those beds are necessary for people having strokes, heart attacks, accidents, etc.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 8:23 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sandflea, I’m not sure that 99% of the deaths and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated, but it is an overwhelming majoirty.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 4:25 pm
  • sandflea

    This is an article stating what Dr Fauci says and other leading infectious disease experts are saying. Its also consistent with the information I’m getting from my other journal sources

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 11:22 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sandflea, this isn’t pertinent to your comment, but here is the new policy the Voice announced today.
    The Voice will no longer be publishing comments on its website regarding stories about COVID. The facts are that the virus has officially infected 34.8 million Americans and killed 610,000 to date. After a sense of relief that we had turned the corner against the pandemic, the combination of a much more highly transmissable variant and a significant chunk of the population that is still unvaccinated has the nation now experiencing a bad summer surge. From less than 20,000 daily cases nationally at the beginning of July, we hit more than 84,000 daily cases at the end of July.
    Unfortunately, two man-made factors have made it harder to control this virus. One is that the pandemic somehow became another polarizing political issue that divides Americans against each other. The other is the willful or unwitting spread of disinformation and misinformation about the outbreak. That is the primary reason for our decision about comments on the website. Many of you have written helpful and wise posts about COVID, but the key factor at this point is the desire to ensure that the Voice’s pages not be used as a platform for the all-too-frequent exchange of political and personal insults and the spread of inaccurate information about the worst disease outbreak in the U.S. in more than a century.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 12:09 pm
  • Southern Dawn

    Mark, I agree with your decision to not allow any other covid comments to be posted. As we both acknowledge, it is divisive and not productive. However, I respectfully request that you delete both Sandflea’s original comment, my follow-up comment and Sandflea’s subsequent comment as I am now unable to post my response. I do not want to be forever memorialized as a conspiracy theorist or a follower of Q. Thank you for your consideration.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 11:35 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Dawn, I’ll check that threat out.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 12:11 pm