Beaufort School Board votes to require masks for all students and staff when school opens | Beaufort County Now | Decision to be reviewed each month

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Students and staff will have to wear face masks when school opens on August 23, regardless of whether or not they have natural immunity to Covid or have been vaccinated or not.  That was the recommendation of the Superintendent, which was agreed to by a majority of the board in a virtual meeting Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

The action comes after the board had previously decided to allow parents to make the decision about whether their child would wear masks. 

The decision was supported by Jim Madson, Director of Public Health in Beaufort County.

The motion did not include any mention of how principals would handle cases in which students/parents refused to wear masks.  There appears to be a significant number of parents who are strongly opposed to their children being forced to wear masks

There was little scientific information presented to justify the change in position and no attention was paid to the growing body of research that challenges the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of Covid (or any kind of viral infection).

There was some discussion about how many cases would release the imposition of the mandate.  Four was the number mentioned most frequently.  But it was not clear if that was on a school by school basis or for the entire school system.  Obviously as the number of cases decline there will be some schools with zero active cases and others with more than four.  The board did decide to review its policy every month and make adjustments as needed.

For those interested, you can review a recent article we published that reviewed the then current research on the effectiveness of masks.  Click here to review that article

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s m b said:
( September 14th, 2021 @ 10:01 pm )
Can someone please explain what are cars doing marked SPECIAL POLICE doing parked outside eastern elementary school
s m b said:
( September 8th, 2021 @ 10:29 pm )
Went to Beaufott county board meeting on 9/7..will someone please tell these people that THERE IS NO PANDEMIC, there is no COVID 19, there is no Delta variant and MAKE THEM prove otherwise. Else this SCAMDEMIC will go on forever. The only silver lining that I heard was that 700 + students gave been quarantined so that means they are at home bot having to wear masks. Most of the board members and associates didn't seem like real human beings to was like they were miniature television sets/tape recorders peddling MSM fear mongering about "CASES", NUMBERS etc. I said to myself "THESE people Can'r be for real", the nurse that was there is very talented, in fact most of them would make very good Hollywood actors and actresses. All the attendees except for 2 other people were masked up..very disturbing as I have watched hours and hours of school board meetings from way more stricter masked states and rarely saw that level of universal masking
s m b said:
( September 6th, 2021 @ 7:49 pm )
it's now pretty obvious what is going on here as other NC county school districts cave in like dominoes to mandatory masking. It's all about getting federal funding via the AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT.....although initiated in JULY, what has happened behind the scenes over the past 4 weeks is veiled financial threats from the FEDS(along with Mister Roy Cooper) pretty much stating that universal masking has to be part of the school districts submitted plans/program under the ARPA or they COULD possibly not receive or lose funding. So the school boards for the most part are capitulating....AGAIN.....public opinion from either side had/has No basically your children are for sale and have been SOLD OUT.
s m b said:
( September 4th, 2021 @ 12:06 am )
Listened to the board meeting on ZOOM that took place on Aug 18 when they voted for the masked mandate..over and over again it was said that we don't really want to make the children wear masks, but that requiring masks would help guarantee to keep us OPEN..the fact of the matter is that if they are having masked mandates, excessive obsessive COVID protocols etc in reality they are STILL CLOSED.....they haven't really opened essence the school district is SYILL on LOCKDOWN. SO called in PERSON learning is supposed to be FACE TO FACE. And none of that bogus PCR testing either
Jann said:
( September 3rd, 2021 @ 8:41 am )
Information was given to the board on masks and the harm they do. Hopefully they read it and researched for themselves. The National Institute of Health did a study on April 22, 2015 and it's on their website.
The rate of infectious were highest with cloth masks. Moisture retention, poor filteration and the re-use is definitely cause for infection.
The World Health Organization also post information on January 29, 2020 on surgical mask. Nobody wants to research anything but they are quick to tell you how wrong you are.
It's all just so unbelievable and very sad.
s m b said:
( September 2nd, 2021 @ 11:31 pm )
The children are going to be if not already BRAIN DAMAged for life among other things..chronic O2 deprivation destroys brain cells leading to full blown alzheimers and dementia onset in 2-3 years..know full well that a lot of this flip flopping from masks optional to required is going on all over the country.
s m b said:
( September 2nd, 2021 @ 11:25 pm )
Criminal charges must be filed against the appropriate parties..masked mandates for children k-12 is child abuse/medical rape of the highest order.
( August 21st, 2021 @ 2:47 pm )
Information from Hood.
There will be a rally against school children wearing face masks to be held before the Beaufort County School Board meeting on Tuesday August 24 at 5:00 PM. Note the school board meeting begins at 5:30 PM.

The rally will be held at the school board meeting place which is the Ed Tech building on Pierce Street in Washington. I do not know who is sponsoring the meeting.

Those who voted for the mask mandate are:
E C Peed Democrat
Eltha Booth Democrat
Michael Bilbro Republican
Terry Draper Republican
Terry Williams Republican
Those who voted against the mask mandate are:
Butch Oliver Republican
Mac Hodges Democrat
T W. Allen Republican

Carolyn Walker Republican did not vote.
( August 19th, 2021 @ 8:09 am )
Hopefully parents will sue these idiots on the school board to stop the unnecessary and useless mask mandates in the schools. Parents in Wake County are already doing so:
( August 19th, 2021 @ 7:26 am )
( August 18th, 2021 @ 8:39 pm )
What a crock! Does someone have a list of who voted how? Those who supported this nonsense need to be replaced at election time. They are voting for political science over real science. There are no scientific studies that show masks work, but there is a major one that shows that they do not. Further there are German and French studies apedifically on school children showing that children are resistant to the virus, and do not carry enough viral load to infect either other children or adults. This is pure Faucism, a variety of fascism. I guess it is no surprise that the district's top bureaucrat goes along with the political consensus of the Democrats. We deserve better on our school board and some of them come up for election next year.

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