The Stokes County Board of Education approved the motion to "Free the Smiles of Stokes County Schools." The motion will start the school year by informing parents about the benefits of vaccination and masking, and the consequences of not being fully vaccinated and not wearing a mask, but leaving the decision up to the individual employees and adults, and the parents or guardians of minor children. This decision will allow Dr. Rice to make necessary changes through the school year based on local data and consulting with local and state health officials.
The new start and end times allows us to:
• have shorter bus routes,
• provide many of our drivers to have more hours (more pay and benefits),
• use fewer buses,
• be more efficient (saving local tax payer dollars and attract and retain drivers).