AN ACT TO PROVIDE PARENTAL DISCRETION IN REQUIREMENTS FOR FACE COVERINGS ON PUBLIC SCHOOL UNIT PROPERTYCE COVERING DETERMINATIONS DURING THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.
Conference report deletes the content of the 3rd edition and replaces it with the following.
Enacts GS 115C-375.30, authorizing a parent, as defined, to elect for their child to not wear a face covering while on public school unit property, subject to notification of the public school unit by an annualized procedure adopted by the unit. Prohibits requiring parents to provide a reason or certification of the child's health or education status. Prohibits treating students without face coverings differently than students with face coverings, including assignments, non-academic and extracurricular activities, discipline, and grading. Grants limited immunity to governing bodies of public school units, its members, employees, agents, and volunteers for any act or omission in compliance with the act.
Amends the following statutes to mandate compliance with new GS 115C-375.30, as enacted, by local boards of education, charter schools, regional school boards, and laboratory schools: GS 115C-47; GS 115C-218.75; GS 115C-238.66; and GS 116-239.8.
Repeals Section 10, SL 2021-130, which required public school units to adopt a policy regarding face coverings for the 2021-22 school year and vote monthly on whether to modify the policy.
Changes the act's long title.