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Pender schools to follow state mandate, masks will be required

Although Pender County Schools believes families should be able to choose, the school board is...
Although Pender County Schools believes families should be able to choose, the school board is tied to the law. (Source: Pender Co. Schools)
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 6:56 PM EDT
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BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) - Pender County Board of Education issued a statement saying masks will still be required in schools because of state law.

Although Pender County Schools believes families should be able to choose, the school board is tied to the law.

Local officials want families to know their complaints are being heard, but they do not have the authority to make any changes.

The board encourages citizens to reach out to state elected officials to effect change.

The statement: “The Pender County Board of Education adheres to the belief that parents should have choice when it comes to the use of masks for our students. However, due to state law, we do not have the authority to lift the mask mandate. We encourage our citizens to contact their state elected officials in regard to Senate Bill 173.”

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