RALEIGH – While Governor Roy Cooper is strongly recommending mask mandates, a handful of school districts had already voted to make masking optional. The latest to buck the mask mania is Randolph County Schools, whose school board unanimously passed a resolution ending mask mandates for students and staff in a Monday night vote.
The Randolph resolution reads:
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Randolph County Board of Education has no individual mask mandate. Failure to wear a mask on the property of the Randolph County Board of Education or at a school in the Randolph County School System will not be considered a violation of Board policy or school rules. All students, staff, and community members are encouraged to make their own decisions respecting their personal health and to choose whether to wear masks. Any harassment, discrimination, bullying, or intimidation based on any person’s decision to wear or not to wear a mask will not be tolerated.
Randolph County becomes the fifth school district to end masking mandates. Union County, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Harnett and Haywood Counties have all voted to make masking optional, and did so before Governor Cooper dropped the mandate. According to the North State Journal, Randolph County health officials cite CDC guidance which states unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask, but that they are not mandated to wear them.
Hopefully the common sense spreads to other counties and local control provides the antidote to the master re-masking narrative currently being pushed on the country right now. Some counties, however, can be counted on to advance the plot; Wake County already voted to mask kindergartners and everyone else for the coming school year.