Face Mask Guidance:
Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation. This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings. Students and staff may choose to wear a face-covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it. 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. If students choose to remove their face mask when outside we will ask them to simply pull it down under their chin rather than removing it entirely to avoid losing face masks.