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School boards in Anson, Catawba counties vote to maintain mask policies

North Carolina state law requires every public school board to vote monthly on mask requirements for students and staff.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — School boards in Anson and Catawba counties in North Carolina met Monday to vote on their mask policies for students and staff. Both districts voted to maintain their mask mandates. 

Note: The attached video aired before the school boards had met. 

Anson County's board meeting started at 4 p.m., while Catawba County leaders started their meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both districts already required masks for students and faculty. 

Under state law, North Carolina districts must vote monthly on mask policies. That legislation runs through the end of the 2021-22 school year. Gov. Roy Cooper has strongly encouraged masks but state officials haven't made a rule on them. 

Most districts in the Charlotte area require masks but several have moved to optional policies in recent weeks, including Cabarrus County. 

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