The board has proposed temporary rules that were published on the Office of Administrative Hearings website on March 20, 2020. The rules are available by clicking this link.
Reason for the proposed temporary action
A serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety or welfare has arisen with the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina. The governor declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020. Several barber schools have given the board notice that they have closed or will be closing their facilities due to the outbreak. To allow students to continue to receive education, the board proposes to eliminate rules that would prevent schools from being able to offer online classes. In addition, the board proposed to extend the timeframes for reporting requirements so that schools with absent staff members can still fulfill their obligations. Without this approach, some schools may go out of business because they cannot offer classes and receive income. This approach will also discourage schools from remaining open simply to avoid the financial consequences of closure, even when remaining open might pose a public-health risk. Additionally, since some schools have indicated that they may need to reduce staff temporarily in order to remain financially solvent, the proposed rules would reduce administrative requirements that these schools would have trouble fulfilling during a state of emergency.
Public hearing on rules
There will be a public hearing on April 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. by teleconference for anyone who wishes to comment on the amendment. Members of the public may join by calling 888-204-5984 and entering access code 6977625.
If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Dennis Seavers, whose information is listed in under "Questions about or comments on rules" below.
Questions about or comments on rules
If you have any questions about the amendment, please contact the executive director at the contact information listed below. If you want to submit comments on the amendment for consideration by the board, you can send comments to the contact information below. Please keep in mind that you must submit comments on or before May 8, 2020.