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April 12, 2024

Face masks optional indoors at schools, required on buses

A Special Called Meeting of the Alexander County Board of Education was held Monday, August 2, 2021, at the Board of Education Office. Alexander County Board of Education members voted six to one to make masks optional for students and staff indoors as they return to school this fall. Member Matt Cooksey was the dissenting vote.

Board members expressed appreciation to the parents, grandparents, employees, and community members for sharing their concerns and comments.

Masks will continue to be required on school and activity buses, leaders said, due to Federal rules.


  1. Jane Maupin on August 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    If I were a parent, I would not send my child to school if mask are not required. Also if I were a teacher, I would not go to school if mask are not required. I am a retired teacher and I agree with Matt Cooksey. At this point I am not sure that wearing a mask is enough protection in this county where so few are vaccinated against COVID.

  2. Mrs. Parker on August 4, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I honestly cannot believe this decision. Alexander County has a skyrocketing upward Covid rate. Is anyone thinking about the children or even themselves for that matter? No masks, no social distancing, low vaccination rate. What’s going to happen when outbreaks start in the school system and go home to parents and grandparents? THINK. It is not the common cold.

  3. Rhonda on August 13, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you Alexander School board for listening and trusting parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers who are diligently following legitimate science to make sound choices, and do what is in the best interest of our children and community members.

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