HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (August 31, 2021) – Effective Wednesday, Sept. 1, all Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor settings, including indoor extracurricular activities on school grounds.
This is a change to the Henderson County Board of Public Education’s Aug. 9 decision, which required face coverings indoors only when students were scheduled for instruction and not during indoor athletic events.
On authority of the Henderson County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. John Bryant updated the administrative expectations for the district, which will now require students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings indoors at all HCPS locations and properties, except for those with legal exceptions already established by the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit.
District administrators and school board members remain committed to monitoring community health trends and adjusting school system operations in the interest of student, staff, and public health.
Instructional “Return to Learn” plans will continue to be evaluated and refined based on current health data, as well as federal, state, and local guidelines. Any additional changes will be communicated to HCPS families via SwiftK12 emails and phone calls. Current district plans are also updated online at www.HCPSNC.org/ReturnToLearn.