ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Rowan-Salisbury Education Council (BOE) Chairman Kevin Jones has called a special Rowan-Salisbury Education Council meeting to be held on Monday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. for a COVID-19 Update.
The agenda is now posted and can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/rssboemeetings, or you can visit the school system’s website at https://www.rssed.org.
The meeting will also be broadcast live via the following link: https://vimeo.com/rssboe.
Masks will be mandatory without exception for those attending the meeting in person.
The Salisbury-Rowan NAACP joined a group of local clergy in urging the BOE to extend the temporary mask term in place for Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
Dear Rowan-Salisbury School Board Members,
The Salisbury-Rowan NAACP is urging members of the Rowan-Salisbury school system board to take a strong stand on its decision regarding masks in the school district.
We’ve seen since last school year that face masks work to stop the spread of COVID-19. During the emergency meeting of the RSS Education Council on August 18, we received an alarming number of students dropping out of school due to quarantine.
It is important to note that this was also the time when masks were optional for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The RSS website states that “the first and foremost concern of a board member must be the educational well-being of students attending public schools. ”
We understand that students learn best in a classroom. In order to keep students safe in a face-to-face learning environment, we must follow the CDC’s recommendation that everyone in preschools through grade 12 wear masks regardless of immunization status.
We recommend extending the mask’s current term from two weeks to an additional 45 days. These additional 45 days will allow data to be collected and analyzed and an informed decision to be made on the next steps for members of the Rowan-Salisbury School Board.
Personally, I attended the school board meetings on August 18 and 24 and was disappointed at both meetings. During the August 24 meeting, members of the general public entered the Wallace Educational Forum building with face covers. Once inside, many members removed their face coverings and were still allowed to stay inside despite the mask panel at the entrance. If the school board will not enforce the mask policy, why is it in place?
Once again, we need each of you to take a firm stand on pandemic security measures inside school and administrative buildings. If the policy will not be enforced, the school board should consider virtual meetings to avoid allowing people to break the mask policy that you all have established.
As measures continue to move in the wrong direction, we must prioritize the health and safety of everyone who enters our school buildings. We need to be prepared to make these difficult adjustments so that students can stay inside classrooms. We need to have a mask warrant policy and apply it to everyone who enters school and administrative buildings.
The letter was signed by Gemale Black, president of the Salisbury-Rowan NAACP. On Friday, a letter from a group of local clergy was provided to members of the BOE to encourage the mask’s term extension.
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