DCS parents and staff back parental choice on masks

By on July 29, 2021

(Dare County Schools)

With the Dare County Board of Education slated to meet on Aug. 5 to discuss plans for re-opening schools next month, the district has just released, on July 29, the results of a survey on mask wearing that was taken by school parents/guardians and school staff.

And the verdict from the more than 1,500 parents and guardians and 375 staff members who responded was remarkably similar – strong support for the idea that parents should choose whether their children wear face coverings in school.

  • Among parents, 63.2% favored parental choice on that issue. That was just slightly higher than the 60.4% of school staff who also endorsed parental choice.
  • Slightly less than one-in-five parents (18.8%) selected the option that all K-12 students and staff should wear masks. Virtually the same percentage of staff (18.2%) voted for that option. This option is the one recommended by the CDC and was endorsed by Governor Roy Cooper on July 29.
  • And 18% of parents said that all K-8 students and staff should wear masks as should those in high school who are unvaccinated. A slightly higher percentage of staff, 21.4%, agreed that this was the best plan.

The Dare County Board of Education’s 5 p.m. meeting on Aug. 5 will take place in the gymnasium at First Flight High School. You can also access the live stream via YouTube.






  • Pembroke

    Informed consent, and the right to choose what is best for ourselves and our children …can’t believe this is even up for debate in the United States of America.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 6:48 pm
  • Just a mom

    Please take note to the vote percentages in this article both reader and BOE members on August 5. Thank you kindly for your service Dare County BOE and your opportunity to represent the voters who gave you the seat.

    Thursday, Jul 29 @ 7:24 pm
  • Travis

    You don’t get to choose if you put your child in a car seat or if you wear a seatbelt. You don’t get to choose if you smoke in a restaurant. You don’t get to choose to sunbathe buck naked on a public beach. Need I go on? There are plenty of situations where people don’t have a choice in what they wear, when they wear or where they wear. They can, of course, choose to smoke in restaurants, sunbathe naked or not wear seatbelts, but that choice can invite “behavior modification” from cops, management or the public.

    The 60% are so short sighted. Watch as the virus appears and then rockets around the school and we’re back to this ridiculous remote learning due to health risks or staffing shortages. Round 2, for those not paying attention, is going to involve new and improved Covid variants. Highly transmissible. Higher risks of hospitalization. Higher risks of long term health consequences. If last year was Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, this year is going to be Rocky vs. Clubber Lang with Rocky (people) woefully unprepared and overconfident going into the first match.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 10:06 am
  • Bob Henkig

    Some of us have families that are high risk. The children can bring covid home and spread it to them. Please stop being selfish and think about others. Think about how a child would feel if he brought home covid and it killed their grandmother. Let’s worry less about entitlement and more about our high risk populations.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 10:58 am
  • Jeff Walker

    Anyone else remember last November when schools reopened for all of 2 weeks before having to close again due to outbreaks? Maybe folks just really love remote learning.

    Friday, Jul 30 @ 1:49 pm
  • Dylan

    How many teachers have been vaccinated? Other school staff? Who monitors the mask wearing of children whose parents chose that protection? If a child’s friends are not wearing masks and the child’s parents have chosen for that child to wear a mask, who thinks that peer pressure won’t rule the day?
    School won’t last, but I look for another widespread mask mandate for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 10:34 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Dylan, 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 @ 12:13 pm
  • Dylan


    If it isn’t pertinent to my comment, why are you addressing it to me? Nothing political about my post and no insults and no misinformation.

    Saturday, Jul 31 @ 8:36 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sorry if I gave the impression I was addressing it to you. The reason I used your post to reiterate our new policy was because it was in response to a different COVID story and I wanted to post our new policy in more than one place.

    Sunday, Aug 1 @ 9:50 am