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Newton-Conover City Schools district leaders vote to mandate masks

The board voted 6-0 for a mask mandate, which will go into effect on Sept. 7 .

NEWTON, N.C. — The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education has voted to require masks in schools. The board voted 6-0 in favor of a mandate, which will go into effect on Sept. 7.

The decision was made at a special meeting Friday, held specifically to discuss COVID-19 protocols.

With this change, Union County Public Schools is the only North Carolina school district in WCNC Charlotte's viewing area where masks are fully optional. In Avery County masks are optional for students, but mandatory for teachers. 

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will revisit the mandate at a meeting in October. 

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

Click here for the full list of school districts and their mask mandates and COVID-19 protocols.

At the state level in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper strongly recommends but does not require, masks for most students this upcoming school year. Local school districts on the county or city level are instituting their own decisions on whether students or staff will need to wear masks

Looking for information about colleges and universities? Visit our list of mask and vaccine protocols at higher education campuses.  

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