In a Wednesday afternoon update, Gov. Roy Cooper dropped the requirement for wearing masks outdoors in North Carolina. Masks indoors will still be required, and physical distancing is still recommended. The changes to outdoor mask requirements go into effect on Friday, April 30.
For Carolina Day School, this means that on Friday we will be returning to the masking protocols that were in place last fall, before our holiday breaks. Masks will still be required indoors, but students and teachers will once again be able to remove masks when outside and observing distancing protocols.
In announcing this decision, the Governor’s office cites the continued measured progress the state has achieved in its key COVID-19 metrics, and the reduced risk of transmission of the virus in outdoor settings. Vaccination efforts are continuing with 38% of the state's population over age 18 fully vaccinated. Over 48% of the state's population over age 18 is partially vaccinated. Buncombe County Health and Human Services is now accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 16 and older at the vaccination clinic located on the campus of A-B Tech.
The Athletic Department will be communicating with the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA), our athletics governing body, to determine how the changes may affect athletics.