ASHEBORO — In a special meeting focused on mask rules, the Randolph County School Board has voted to end mandatory mask wearing. The mandate had been in place since the start of the school year.
Prior to the school year starting, the county’s largest school system had made masks optional. However, after pressure from Governor Roy Cooper — who had removed a statewide mask mandate for schools — the board reversed course just before students returned.
The change at the county’s largest school system came on election night where GOP-backed candidates swept the four open seats for the Asheboro City School board. Mask rules and critical race theory were key issues in this year’s election.