Governor Roy Cooper along with health leaders in the state this past Wednesday set a new guidance regarding wearing masks in school at a press conference.  The guidance states schools with students in kindergarten through 8th grade should require all students and staff to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.  Schools with students in 9th through 12th grade should ensure that anyone who has not been vaccinated including staff should wear a mask.

This guidance will go into effect July 30 and the local school leaders will be the ones held responsible for requiring and implementing protocols.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children, ages 2 years and older, wear masks at school. The CDC, however, says students who are vaccinated do not need to wear masks.

Locally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools say the district is following state guidelines on requiring masks in schools.