During Tuesday’s (August 31) Emergency meeting, the Catawba County Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to make face masks mandatory for all staff, students, and visitors while inside facilities and on school buses, beginning Thursday (September 2). The face-covering policy will be voted on at least once per month beginning at the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 27, 2021.
Superintendent Stover updated the BOE with the latest COVID-19 positive cases in staff and students and resulting quarantines. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the district had approximately 9% of all students (1,447) quarantined or isolated and 58 staff quarantined or isolated. This represents a 530% increase in the number of student and 153% increase in staff quarantines/isolations since the beginning of school. You can see the daily COVID-19 totals on the COVID-19 dashboard on the system’s website, www.catawbaschools.net.
A student or staff member will not be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth if a licensed medical provider provides written notice in the form of an Accommodation Request and Medical Certification for Students or Employees which will be available on the system’s website today (September 1). Staff was also to be provided with more information today as well. There are other exceptions including situations that are athletic-related, those can also be found at the system’s website.