Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online

Missi Magness wanted her children back in school.

The parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader who attend schools on Indianapolis’ southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children’s schooling while working from home this spring.

“They need the structure, they need the socialization, they just need to go,” said Magness. “‘I love you, but here’s your backpack, here’s your lunch … have a good day!’”

Many other local parents agreed. Now, their school district, Franklin Township — where two-thirds of the 10,000 students are white, as is Magness — has allowed younger children to return to school buildings full time.

But two districts over, it’s a different story. In Indianapolis Public Schools, where nearly three-quarters of about 26,000 students in traditional public schools are Black and Hispanic, the school year started virtually — despite relying on the same local health guidance as Franklin Township.

That dynamic is playing out

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Many Charlotte businesses favor new mask mandate but some wary about enforcing it

Even as some Charlotte-area business support the new statewide mask mandate as novel coronavirus cases spike in North Carolina, others worry that enforcement could be a problem.

When Gov. Roy Cooper extended Phase Two of the safer-at-home order on Wednesday for at least another three weeks, he mandated a statewide face mask rule to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings will be required for everyone when they are out in public effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

Enforcing the rule largely falls on businesses to have all employees and customers wear face coverings inside and follow six feet of social distancing.

Businesses can be cited for failing to enforce the requirement. If a person refuses to wear a face-covering inside a business or organization attempting to enforce the order, law enforcement can enforce trespassing laws, according to the order.

There are a few exceptions, such as medical, or behavioral

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