The Johnston County Public School Board voted Tuesday afternoon to continue with the facemask mandate for students and employees.
Since last month, the number of active COVID cases among staff has increased from 9 to 12 and the number of students with COVID has increased from 52 to 85. The number of active staff quarantines has remained unchanged at 17 since October. Student quarantines are down slightly from 286 on October 12th to 275 as of November 9th.
In a 4-to-3 decision, the board voted to continue with the mask requirement until their December meeting when another vote will take place. Board members Lyn Andrews, Al Byrd, Kay Carroll, and Vice Chair Sessoms voted to continue with the mandate. Ronald Johnson, Chairman Todd Sutton, and Mike Wooten voted again.
“We all have our differences on this particular topic,” Chairman Sutton said.
Wooten said the decision should be up to parents on whether their children should wear a mask while at school.
At last report, 4.3 percent of people being tested for COVID-19 in Johnston County are positive.