I-SS Expects Schools to Be Unmasked for 2021-22 School Year


Staff Writer

With the anticipation that June 30th will bring an end to Governor Cooper’s mask mandates, the Iredell-Statesville Schools released their expectations for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The press release from the Superintendent’s Office states, “Iredell-Statesville Schools does not anticipate any state-wide mandate that students wear masks during the 2021-2022 school year. I-SS will continue to work with local and state health officials on appropriate COVID 19 protocols and recommendations, and we will adjust some of the current COVID protocols, provided these changes do not violate any future requirements ordered by State law or by the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Instruction.”

This comes on the heels of a number of debates, not only in I-SS but across the country where parents are taking a stand against masking their children, social distancing, and other interactive restrictions. Covid cases continue to decrease in spite of lessened restrictions and more gatherings. During the months of quarantine, suicides by teens were on the rise. At a recent meeting, the I-SS School Board stated, “There have been three teen deaths in the whole state due to Covid but there have been six deaths, in our county alone, of teens who died by suicide.” This pandemic created havoc on the health of our country, not just physically, but also mentally.

Many are hopeful that this is a sign of normalcy returning. Others remain skeptical. One thing is clear: there is freedom in choice. Students will now have the choice to wear a mask or not.

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