The Watauga County Board of Education unanimously approved its consent agenda at their Monday meeting, which included renewing the requirement of masks in school by employees and students in schools.

The Watauga Democrat reports since June 21, Watauga County Schools nurses have conducted 2,527 student case investigations related to COVID-19 with 192 testing positive. Seventeen tested positive last week.

According to the report, two citizens spoke during the meeting, asking the Board not to extending the requirement. 

As part of the meeting, Jennifer Greene, Health Director at AppHealthCare, gave an update to the Board, and said that while many people believe COVID is just like the flu, Greene said that in North Carolina over the last 10 years, 1,275 people died from the flu. In just the past 16 months, since the pandemic began, over 14,000 people have died from COVID.

During the meeting, the school board received a clean audit report for 2020-2021. According to the audit, the child nutrition program did lose money, was not a cause for concern, as fewer meals were given out last year due to COVID-19, which caused the total revenue to drop.