WCPSS is formally updating guidance about face coverings based on the newest guidance issued today by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit. The guidance makes the use of masks optional while outdoors, but still requires masks for children ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.
For that reason, face coverings are no longer required outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE class, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings. Face coverings will still be required indoors and on school transportation.
NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.