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Randolph County school system to discuss mask mandate

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC (WGHP) – The Randolph County School System School Board is set to decide whether or not students and teachers will continue to disguise themselves.

Council members will discuss mask policy at a special meeting called at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The community is still very divided on the issue.

“I don’t think the government needs to mandate something like that,” said Dave Brown, who lives in Randolph County. “I think it should be up to parents to make their own choices about how their child feels.”

The school district started with optional masks and has seen a rapid jump in COVID cases. The school board then made the fabric face covering mandatory on August 29. The number of cases among students and teachers has continued to decline since then.

“Just wear the mask until everyone is vaccinated,” said Whitney Coble, a parent in Randolph County.

Coble decided to teach one of his children at home when the families had the opportunity to return to class in the fall. The optional masking means more difficult decisions for her other children.

“My son, I tell him every time you go to school, you have siblings at home. You have to wear yours anyway to make me feel like my child will be safe when they get home, ”Coble said.

Others believe that forcing children to hide themselves is a losing battle.

“The kids want to share everything anyway. You give them a mask and they come home with someone else’s mask, ”said Emily Phillips, a relative in Randolph County.

The Randolph County Public Health Director has spoken to the superintendent and chairman of the board and recommended that the system continue with mandatory masking.

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