During a press conference on Wednesday in Raleigh, he said that there should be no requirement for students or teachers to wear masks.
He also said if he’s elected governor, he would lift the state’s mandate on wearing a mask.
Forest is running this year against Governor Roy Cooper.
Cooper has allowed schools to operate at a minimum of what’s known as Plan B, which is a combination of in-person and remote learning.
Most kids in public schools began this week with all remote classes.
“We can’t wait until Jan. 1 for our kids to be back in school. That needs to happen now. Parents need to have that choice right now. That is the plan,” Forest said.
A spokesperson for Gov. Cooper said “It’s stunning that these elected leaders want to fill up our classrooms today without a safety plan, take away the statewide mask requirement and put our children at risk all to try and make a political splash.”