NCSBA Legislative Update – July 30, 2021


On Tuesday, the CDC updated its mask recommendations for schools: “CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place.” This updated guidance comes as North Carolina and the country see a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

DHHS updated its StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit to align with the new CDC guidance. The Toolkit now says that K-12 schools should require all students and staff to wear masks consistently when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Governor Cooper’s executive order that includes a statewide school mask mandate expires today, meaning that local school boards will decide mask requirements for their districts. During a Thursday press conference, the Governor strongly recommended that local school districts consider the updated CDC and DHHS guidance, as well as statewide data showing an increase in COVID-19 cases, when deciding on mask requirements. Click here for an article on the updated school mask guidance.


NCSBA has created a chart tracking local school boards’ policies/resolutions on school mask requirements. Click here to access the chart. As your school district finalizes its plans for this upcoming school year, please email information to Richard Bostic at, as well as any corrections to the chart.


The legislature will resume voting sessions and committee meetings next week. (This week the Senate did not hold any voting session and the House held one voting session on Monday night.) As of 11:00 am on Friday, July 30, no education-related meetings were scheduled.

Additional Education-Related Meeting

The State Board of Education will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 5.




Bruce Mildwurf
Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association

Richard Bostic
Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
N.C. School Boards Association

Rebekah Howard
Governmental Relations Research Specialist
N.C. School Boards Association

Rebekah HowardNCSBA Legislative Update – July 30, 2021