NCSBA Legislative Update – March 4, 2022

NCSBA Legislative Update – March 4, 2022


As of 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 3,

  • 104 school districts have mask optional policies (two have mask optional policies with certain stipulations and six have pending effective dates)
  • 11 school districts have mask mandates

The number of districts that have adopted optional mask policies has increased by six since last Friday, February 25.

NCSBA continues to track local school boards’ mask policies as districts vote monthly on whether to modify their current policy (required by Section 10 of SB 654/SL 2021-130). Click here to access a chart of school board actions. If your school district changes its mask policy or you have corrections to the chart, please email information to Rebekah Howard at


On Friday, February 25, the CDC released updated guidance saying that masks are no longer required to be worn on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems. The CDC said that it is making this change to align with recently updated guidance that no longer recommends mask mandates in K-12 school settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 community level.


The State Board of Education met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday and was presented with the following:

Click here to access all meeting materials.

We will provide a more comprehensive summary of the SBE meeting in next Friday’s legislative update.


Monday, March 7

5:00 pm – House Select Committee on An Education System for North Carolina’s Future (Public Hearing) – South Asheboro Middle School




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

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

Rebekah HowardNCSBA Legislative Update – March 4, 2022