NHC School Board opts to postpone mask policy decision until after health board meets Friday

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 3:44 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County School Board members voted Tuesday evening to delay a decision on updating the mask policy until after the NHC Department of Health meets this Friday November 12.

The vote passed 5-2 with Nelson Beaulieu and Pete Wildeboer casting the dissenting votes.

The board will hold a special meeting to address masks on Monday, November 15 and a representative of the NHC Department of Health will be at the meeting to give region-specific data and to answer any questions.

After Beaulieu expressed concern about security, the board agreed to hold Monday’s meeting on Zoom.

The topic of masking in schools is a contentious issue that has spurred disorder, disagreements, and people being removed from the school board building in the past.

Under state law, school boards must vote at least once a month on whether the mask policy should be changed.

In other nearby areas, Pender, Bladen, and Brunswick County, school districts have already moved to mask-optional policies.

Currently, New Hanover County still has an active mask mandate for public buildings; however, that rule could change this Friday. The county health board plans on holding a special meeting to consider action on the rule.

With case numbers trending down and lower positivity rates, it’s anyone’s guess what leaders will decide tonight about masking in schools.

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