- Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.
- Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
- Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
"We are pleased that the CDC has reiterated the necessity of keeping unvaccinated students masked for their own protection," said Tamika Walker Kelly, president of NCAE. "We continue to recommend all educators and eligible students get vaccinated as soon as possible and look forward to working with the NC Board of Education and NC DHHS to ensure these recommendations are implemented in North Carolina classrooms."