Northam: Masks Required in All Virginia Schools

All schools must require masking for all students, teachers and staff, under a new public health emergency order announced by Gov. Ralph Northam today.

Current law requires schools in the commonwealth to adhere to mitigation strategies advised by the CDC. Senate Bill 1303 was passed earlier this year, and also requires school divisions make full-time virtual and in-person learning options available to all students.

“We all share the same goal of keeping our schools open and keeping our students safe,” Northam said. ”This public health order makes it very clear that masks are required in all indoor K-12 settings, and Virginia expects all schools to comply. I’m grateful to the work of the General Assembly and the Health Department, and I look forward to a safe start to the school year.”

Virginia lifted its statewide mask mandate, but as COVID cases surged because of the spread of the Delta variant, masks are once again being proposed as a mitigation strategy.

As of this week, only 23.1 percent of adolescents in Loudoun County are fully vaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The vaccine is only available to people 12 years old or older, meaning that most elementary school students are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler announced on Aug. 2 that all students, teachers, and staff will be required to wear masks during the school day, except while eating and drinking, actively participating in physical education, or standing outside.

School begins in Loudoun County on Aug. 26.

5 thoughts on “Northam: Masks Required in All Virginia Schools

  • 2021-08-12 at 3:52 pm
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    Democrats are destroying education. As I said previously, Democrats are rumored to be planning draconian measures for this Fall. This is another step in that process.

  • 2021-08-13 at 10:48 am
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    Oh, David. You have no idea!

    I just received the latest draft of the Leftist Agenda yesterday, in fact.

    They have added a new bullet to the section about smothering children with masks that will mandate CoVid vaccinations for any child attending school in person. And require their families to be vaccinated as well.

    It’s in section three, right after the guide to Marxist indoctrination but before the part about making white children feel bad about their skin color; a new bullet also reserves the back of all school buses for children of color. The lesson plans for teaching second graders how to ask their parents for sex reassignment surgery have also been strengthened in wake of the new LCPS trans policy!

    There is now talk of just throwing in a ban on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but that is still being discussed. The references to “under God,” however, are gone.

    It’s so great! This year is gonna be lit!

  • 2021-08-16 at 8:56 am
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    These anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers are crazy. Would you rather your kids attending in person at school during the school year or would you rather the schools shut down and go virtual? Can’t have it both ways. Having kids wear a mask is a small price to pay for the greater good of having them being taught in person and interacting with other human beings. Get over it, and get your vaccine already. Some protection is better than none.

    On another topic, School board in LoCo still sucks, and all should be voted out. We need people that will focus on having our kids educated and not become social justice warriors. Soon enough, this school board will love what Oregon has done and will adopt. It’s unfair to people of color to evaluate based on reading, writing, and math skills.

    • 2021-08-16 at 11:43 am
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      You do understand that Oregon is just following the lead of other states, right? Including Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina? Those are some pretty whole places!

      The school board is fine and mainstream. It’s the parents who are insane and out of control.

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