Youngkin Administration Issues School Mask Guidance

Tells Parents to Listen to School Principals and "Trust...Process"
Chesterfield school mask.
Chesterfield school mask. Photo credit Matt Demlein, WRVA

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Just 24 hours after Chesterfield's school board asked for additional information on how to proceed with school masks in light of Executive Order 2, the Youngkin Administration has released new guidance for parents and schools. The guidance is 14 pages long, and comes as a group of Chesapeake parents has a case pending with the Supreme Court of Virginia to declare the Executive Order void.

In a statement accompanying the guidance, Youngkin says he is confident he will succeed with the Supreme Court. In the meantime, he asks parents to listen to principals, and trust the legal process. This statement follows viral video of a woman suggesting in front of the Page County School Board that she would come armed to school Monday if her child had to wear a mask. The woman later apologized and said she was speaking figuratively. However, State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) has encouraged parents to go to their schools Monday maskless, and several parents have said online that their kids will not be wearing masks on the 24th.

The executive order attempts to create an "opt-out" for parents on masks. Youngkin says, "Executive Order 2 is not about pro-masks versus anti-mask, it’s about empowering parents." Opponents say it is the wrong time to get rid of masks in the midst of an Omicron surge

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