North Carolina school boards must vote on their face mask rules monthly
Hundreds of people are expected to join U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn on Tuesday outside the Johnston County School Board meeting to protest mandatory masks in schools.
Crowds are also attending local school board meetings across North Carolina, which have become heated battlegrounds in recent weeks due to face mask warrants.
And they will likely become even more controversial in the future.
The reason is a new law that came into effect on August 30 that requires school boards to hold monthly votes this school year on their masking policies. Mandatory monthly votes are helping fuel opponents of mask requirements who have organized people to show up for school board meetings.
“Most councils meet once a month,” Representative John Torbett, an education official at State House, said in August of the new requirement. “It gives them the opportunity to look back and see what they want to say for the next month.”
A large crowd was also in attendance Monday night at the Harnett County meeting, where the school board voted to resume the option of making masks optional from October 5.
Police had to expel protesters from some school board meetings.
At a Buncombe County School Board meeting in August, some parents “overthrew” the current school board and took up residence in the posts, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
The Johnston County School Board will decide on Tuesday whether to maintain its mask requirement in order to comply. Critics of the mask requirement are hoping Cawthorn’s presence will cause the school board to overturn its 4-3 vote in August to force students and teachers to wear masks indoors.
Johnston’s reunion will be available for people to watch at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vTJLQLqTQM
As of September 14, 112 of the state’s 115 school districts were requiring masks. At least 59 districts that had planned to make masks optional have voted to temporarily switch to their requirement.