Loudoun Students, Staff Required to Mask Up this School Year

All Loudoun County Public Schools students and school staff will be required to wear masks this fall, regardless of their vaccination status, the superintendent announced today.

Under the newly announced guidelines, students may remove masks while outside, and while eating and participating in physical education. For indoor athletic activities, students will wear masks while on the sidelines, but can remove them during play.

“Please know this is not a decision I made lightly. … We considered multiple data points, including community transmission rates, percent positivity rates, vaccination rates by age group and school-based data from the spring,” Superintendent Scott Ziegler said in a statement to families.

The announcement comes as concerns grow over the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The CDC had advised in mid-July that fully vaccinated students, teachers, and staff members should not be required to wear masks during class. However, last Tuesday, the CDC reversed its guidelines following an analysis of data concerning the spread of the Delta variant. 

As of last week, only 54.7 percent of the state was fully vaccinated. The vaccine is not yet available to children younger than 12 years old, making grades K-6 exceptionally vulnerable to infection and spread of the virus.

The 2021-2022 school year begins on August 26.

For more on the district’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, go tolcps.org/ReturnToSchool2021.

7 thoughts on “Loudoun Students, Staff Required to Mask Up this School Year

  • 2021-08-02 at 4:17 pm
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    More fetish control tendencies from petty unelected bureaucrats. This is not science; it’s theater.

  • 2021-08-02 at 6:04 pm
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    I miss the days when the CDC wasn’t a politically-driven, anti-science government agency.

  • 2021-08-02 at 8:09 pm
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    Remember, the reason to get any vaccine was to not die…from disease, not viruses. And now it’s to avoid getting sick ever again? What has change??

    Remember when kids brought home a cold or stomach bug from school. Did we complain to the school then?? Did we demand all students wear masks then? No! There are just some risks in life that you except to take and this was taught to our kids.

    If you don’t want to be vaccinated, wear a mask if you want, stay at home if you want.

    So the now the question for us parents is: What does the schools intend to do if a student is not diligent in wearing a mask? Are we willing to except a new risk? The risk of teaching our kids to conform to unreasonable thinking and arbitrary tryanny?

  • 2021-08-03 at 8:07 am
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    Chris has a point corroborated by no more input on eye protection which was scientifically critical last year and no word on whether the N95 masks which were actually shown to work will be provided at least to students whose family can’t even afford to buy them lunch. It can’t be safe for a child to keep wearing the same high quality mask all semester or wear a mask that does not protect them. What is the real point and where is the often talked about equity? 🙂

  • 2021-08-03 at 9:31 am
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    It’s not too late to home school your children this year! We are seeing education suffer “death by initials” between the LCPSB, CDC, CRT and COVID. Your children will be far better off at home than under the care and indoctrination of the county.

  • 2021-08-03 at 10:58 am
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    Democrat teachers don’t want to go back to work and they are working through the teachers unions to push for cover from Biden and the Feds. This is just an initial step of a build up leading to virtual school being mandated again in a couple of weeks.

  • 2021-08-03 at 4:46 pm
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    Why don’t all you who know better run for office? Might be more effective than posting in this echo chamber.

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