CMS Superintendent Recommends Mask Mandate To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

By Ann Doss Helms, WFAE 90.7

Superintendent Earnest Winston notified Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members Thursday that he will recommend mandatory masks at all grade levels when classes begin Aug. 25.

The school board meets at 9 a.m. Friday to review and vote on his plan. Winston’s memo says the face coverings are needed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant. He says he is following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mecklenburg Health Director Gibbie Harris.

Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to provide an update on COVID-19 at 3 p.m. today. Last week he announced he would not extend the mask mandate, which expires Friday, but strongly urged schools to require masks for everyone in grades K-8 and for unvaccinated people in grades 9-12.

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Main Photo: CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston visits a school Feb. 15, 2021. Nancy PIerce / Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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