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Information for Parents and Employees, August 16, 2021

Covid-19 Information for Schools

Information for Parents and Employees, August 16, 2021

This evening, the Gaston County Board of Education voted to require face coverings/masks for people inside school buildings and central office buildings.  The requirement is for students, employees, parents, and visitors while they are inside a Gaston County Schools facility regardless of vaccination status.  

The requirement goes into effect immediately and continues through September 20 when the Board of Education meets again and plans to review the decision. 

Factors that contributed to the decision include the high transmission rate of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the high COVID-19 positivity rate in Gaston County.  Additionally, wearing face coverings/masks indoors is expected to reduce the number of students/employees who are required to quarantine when there is a confirmed case. 

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.  Please know that the Board of Education strives to make the best decisions possible to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the Gaston County Schools family. 

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday, August 23 as we begin the 2021-2022 academic year.