LCPS: Elementary Students Required to Wear Masks in Class This Fall

In an email sent to some staff today, Loudoun County Public Schools said that students, staff and visitors for grades kindergarten through sixth grade will be required to wear masks during the school day.

The news comes the same day that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the precaution for elementary schools. The CDC already suggested two weeks ago that vaccinated staff and students should not be required to wear masks.

Since elementary-aged students are not yet eligible for a COVID vaccine, the group is at higher risk of spreading the virus than older students are.

Parents have not yet received such an email from the district, and no formal announcement about mask-wearing has been made.

In Scott Ziegler’s superintendent report from the June 22 School Board meeting, he outlines “mask use” as a mitigation practice that will be continued into the 2021-2022 school year.

There has been no mention from the district yet about mask requirements for older grades.

Loudoun Now is awaiting comment from the school district.

6 thoughts on “LCPS: Elementary Students Required to Wear Masks in Class This Fall

  • 2021-07-19 at 10:22 pm
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    Haha! As if Elementary School teachers didn’t have enough to do, now they have to try to keep little kids from taking their masks off. Teaching has definitely taken a backseat to everything else in LCPS.

    • 2021-07-20 at 11:47 am
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      It’s also the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • 2021-07-20 at 7:03 am
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    Not all masks are effective and certainly not the same. Are we going to provide N95 masks for children whose parents can’t afford them? Isn’t this an area of EQUITY? I would hope that a School Board so concerned over equity would not miss something so obvious to provide especially since they already know who qualifies for free lunch. 🙂

  • 2021-07-20 at 9:04 am
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    You are correct Bob. LCPS should be providing the masks. This is all the antivaxxers fault, so if you want to lay blame, there you go.

  • 2021-07-20 at 9:29 am
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    Parents don’t have to subject their children to such arbitrary mandates. There are options.

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