BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) – At Saturday morning’s emergency meeting, the Pender County Board of Education voted to require masks in schools.
An hour and a half into the meeting, board member Beth Burns moved to require masks in schools, saying the policy would be revisited September 7. Vice-chairperson Brad George volunteered to second the motion. After a brief discussion, the board voted 4-1 to require masks when returning to school. Board member Ken Smith was the only member to vote against the requirement.
The meeting was held by telephone conference call and live-streamed here.
In July, the Board of Education mandated masks in schools for staff and students, claiming the decision was tied to state law.
Three days later, the decision was reversed to make masks optional.
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