Wake County Public School System Ends Mask Mandate :: WRAL.com
For about 159,000 students and 20,000 employees in Wake County, this is the first time since the pandemic school closures in March 2020 that masks will no longer be required, but recommended.
GIVE YOURSELF A FEW MINUTES. BUT OVERALL LOOKS GOOD RIGHT NOW. BACK TO YOU TODAY MARKS THE END OF A MASK TERM IN THE LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE. WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NO LONGER REQUIRE MASK WEARING FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES. >> AND THAT INCLUDES ON SCHOOL BUSES. WRAL’S LAURA LEVINE IS THAT ELDERLY ELEMENTARY AT RALEIGH THIS MORNING. LIVE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE NEW CHANGES. BIG MOVEMENTS HERE. LAURA. >> REALLY GREAT DEATH MOVEMENTS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PANDEMIC CLOSED SCHOOLS IN MARCH 2020 WHERE MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE MANDATORY. NOW PARENTS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS WHO ATTEND SCHOOLS LIKE THIS HERE BEHIND ME CAN DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. STARTING TODAY WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS OPTIONAL MASK. THIS MEANS APPROXIMATELY 159,000 STUDENTS OUT OF 20,000 EMPLOYEES CAN GO TO CLASS WITHOUT FACE COVERING. THIS DECISION COMES AFTER THE GOVERNOR AND STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SET TODAY AS A GOAL TO RELAX THESE RESTRICTIONS. YOU WILL SEE THE SAME CHANGES AT SCHOOL NOW. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION REQUESTED ALL SCHOOL BUSES ARE NOW ALSO RECOMMENDED AND NOT MANDATORY. THIS INCLUDES MORNING AND AFTERNOON RACES AS WELL AS VENDOR ACTIVITIES, BUSES AND TRANSPORT. LAURA