Harnett County Schools reverses course, approves mask mandate in 3-2 vote

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LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Harnett County’s school board held an emergency meeting Thursday morning to discuss its COVID-19 protocols and voted to reverse course and approve a mask mandate.

Going into the meeting, Harnett County was one of the few central North Carolina districts without a mask mandate. The board had previously voted to make masks in schools optional.

Gov. Roy Cooper and state health leaders have strongly recommended that schools require everyone to wear a mask indoors to start the school year. In the past couple of weeks, most districts in central North Carolina have decided to follow that guidance.

According to numbers from the state health department, Harnett County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state.

The board meeting was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. but it started late. The board voted 3-2 to approve the mandate and then ended the meeting soon after.

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