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These 3 Charlotte-area school districts voted Tuesday to make masks optional

Leaders with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Alexander County Schools and Watauga County Schools each held meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — School districts across the Charlotte area are easing back policies for face coverings. 

Three school districts were scheduled to have meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 22: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Alexander County Schools and Watauga County Schools.

Prior to the meetings, the three systems required masks for students, staff and visitors inside school campuses. The latest guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) encourages districts to ease back policies for face coverings and end contact tracing. The NCDHHS recommendations were made effective Feb. 21.

RELATED: LIST: K-12 schools in Charlotte-area districts mask, vaccine and remote learning decisions

You can see how each of the three boards of education decided below: 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The CMS Board of Education voted to have optional masking effective March 7. 

The vote passed unanimously. 

The decision comes after Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners recently voted to rescind the county-wide mask mandate effective Feb. 26. 

RELATED: Mecklenburg County leaders vote to rescind indoor mask mandate effective Feb. 26

WCNC Charlotte will follow updates as they become available.

RELATED: CMS board set to vote on mask rules Tuesday night

Alexander County Schools

The board voted unanimously to move to a masks-optional policy effective Feb. 23. The special-called meeting lasted just a little longer than 10 minutes.

Watauga County Schools

Superintendent Scott Elliott confirmed with WCNC Charlotte on Tuesday the district will no longer require masks effective Feb. 28. Board members voted 5-0 on the measure. 

Anson County Schools and Richmond County Schools are two other districts in North Carolina that currently require masks. Anson County leaders meet Feb. 28 and Richmond County officials will meet on Feb. 25.

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