In light of North Carolina Executive Order 215, issued by Governor Roy Cooper, on May 14, 2021, North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Catherine Truitt has informed school districts that masks will no longer be required at graduation ceremonies and graduation related events.
As a result of this new Executive Order, high school graduations may have full capacity with no masks and no social distancing. However, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) still strongly recommends masks for all unvaccinated individuals attending large, crowded events and continues to encourage social distancing in these settings.
As of today, May 18, 2021, masks continue to be required in schools, childcare settings, camps, prisons and other public health settings.
“We are aware of the many inconsistencies in this order and the requirement to wear masks in some situations and not in others. RRGSD will continue to follow the state mandates and do our best to keep our families informed,” said Dr. Dain Butler, Superintendent.