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Catawba County Board of Education is holding an emergency meeting on August 31, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Catawba County Schools Administrative Services building, located at 2285 N Anderson Ave, Newton, NC 28658. The meeting will be held in the boardroom.

The purpose of the meeting is unfinished business regarding COVID-19 updates and face-covering mandate. The Board Chair, Dr. Leslie H. Barnette, has determined that an emergency meeting regarding this matter is necessary.

This is a public meeting and members of the public are invited to attend, however, public attendance is subject to the following current COVID-19 health directives:

  1. A mask or face covering is optional upon entering the building; and
  2. All persons in the meeting should remain at least three (3) feet apart; and
  3. No person should attend the meeting if the person is sick and especially if they are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 as set forth by the CDC.

You can find details of this meeting, including the public notice that was provided to the media, on the Board of Education page on our website. 

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Please note: During this evening's emergency board meeting, the board will not be conducting a public hearing or public comment section. The public is allowed to attend the meeting, however, seating will be limited to the board room only and will be further limited to physical distancing of 3 feet. North Carolina state law requires local school boards to only provide one public comment period per month at a regular meeting which it did during the August 23, 2021, regular board meeting. During this meeting, attended by over 140 people, the BOE heard from almost 70 community members about masks being optional and masks being mandated. Before and after, the BOE has also reviewed hundreds of emails from parents, staff, students, and community members. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we all work through these very challenging times.