The Stokes County Board of Education approved the motion to "Free the Smiles of Stokes County Schools." The motion will start the school year by informing parents about the benefits of vaccination and masking, and the consequences of not being fully vaccinated and not wearing a mask, but leaving the decision up to the individual employees and adults, and the parents or guardians of minor children. This decision will allow Dr. Rice to make necessary changes through the school year based on local data and consulting with local and state health officials.
In order to keep our students and staff safe, Stokes County Schools is monitoring information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and working with the Stokes County Health Department regarding Coronavirus19. District leaders and staff will take part in state-wide meetings to discuss this situation and continue working on plans in the event the situation worsens.