Loudoun Schools Will Stick to CDC Mask Guidance, For Now

In response to an executive order by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to end the state-wide mandate next week, Superintendent Scott Ziegler said in an email to families and staff Monday that masks will remain a requirement in schools for the time being, 

Shortly after the email was sent, Ziegler said in a statement to media members that another announcement will be made on Wednesday, following a review of the order, and CDC and Department of Health guidance. 

Youngkin issued the executive order shortly after his inauguration on Saturday. It states that “the parents of any child enrolled in a elementary or secondary school or a school based early childcare and educational program may elect for their children not to be subject to any mask mandate in effect at the child’s school or educational program.”

The order is set to take effect Jan. 24.

The order is at odds with a state law enacted last year that requires school divisions to provide five days a week of in-person instruction and to follow mitigation strategies advised by the CDC to the greatest extend possible. The law expires in August. 

Current CDC guidance recommends masking for all people ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. 

Other school divisions in Northern Virginia have taken similar stances on masking. In Fairfax, Arlington and Prince Williams mask requirements will remain in place.

The mask requirement in schools has been an issue that has divided parents. Dozens of parents called for an end to the mask requirement during the Jan. 11 School Board meeting, arguing that the mitigation is harmful to children. At the beginning of the school year, hundreds of parents, worried that mitigation strategies weren’t sufficient to protect their children, protested for a virtual learning option.

10 thoughts on “Loudoun Schools Will Stick to CDC Mask Guidance, For Now

  • 2022-01-17 at 2:25 pm
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    Since the shoe is now on the other foot, how about this? Anyone that wears a fear-inducing mask which clearly is being used to intimidate and shame the people around them shall automatically lose his/her job.

    You can go stand with the other people in the unemployment line who are there because they refused to let government violate their bodies. Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-01-17 at 3:29 pm
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    I think Dr. Ziegler is acting prudently, for now. Thankfully, Gov. Youngkin’s order doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 24. That provides a little wiggle room. It’s very possible Loudoun will join other Virginia counties & defy Gov. Youngkin. I sympathize with opponents of masking. But Gov. Youngkin rolled out his executive order too abruptly. He didn’t get sufficient buy-in from stakeholders. Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-01-17 at 4:27 pm
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    Which is more important – protecting the health of students, teachers, and staff, or enhancing Youngkin’s political ambitions? Stand strong, School Board.

  • 2022-01-17 at 6:48 pm
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    The CDC says masks are not effective. This is all stupid. The numbers are already coming back down. Free the kids’ faces! Stop living in fear everyone. Not a denier nor anti vax (I’m tripled vaxed) but let’s get this hell behind us. If masked worked like many think they do, we wouldn’t be here.

  • 2022-01-18 at 12:41 am
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    Three points:
    1. Masks don’t work. That’s why Fauci initially said unless they are N95, they don’t work. He was half right. Even N95s are not perfect. That’s why scientists wear lab suits. Then he said wear multiple masks. Now he’s back to one for compliance. They don’t work because holes in the standard masks are ~60 microns in diameter, and the virus is about half a micron. That’s when they fit correctly. CDC admitted that last week. But, 2 days ago the Director CDC recommended them any. That’s because she doesn’t follow the science. No studies show that masks make any difference.
    2. Kids are the least likely to be affected by Covid. Those over 80 are 1,000 times more likely than kids to be adversely affected. So, protect the elderly with comorbidities. And, leave the kids alone.
    3. Voluntary masking makes very little sense despite the media scare mongering. But, that should be your choice. Forcing others to comply with senseless masking is fascistic. Forcing masks on kids, the most defenseless, is child abuse.

  • 2022-01-18 at 7:39 am
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    Good for LCPS.

    It’s interesting that Youngkin chose this hill to die on. Picking a fight that he will lose (legally and politically) with the northern Virginia communities where he lost badly is a rookie move. His naïveté is showing.

    • 2022-01-18 at 4:49 pm
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      You could not be more wrong. Democrats lost their war against parents, and here they are trying to charge up the hill they just died on. Youngkin is getting more press across Virginia and the nation. Since Governor is likely his first political victory, Democrats are just fanning the flames for Youngkin to knock off Warner in 2026 and be President in 2028.

  • 2022-01-18 at 9:22 am
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    How does the EO effect the health of your student? Your student can wear a mask. Your student can wear 5 masks if they want. Your student can get as many boosters as their immune system can handle. If I choose to allow my student to go without a mask, how does that hurt your student? It doesn’t say you CAN’T wear a mask, it only puts agency on the parents to make the decisions for their children. Seems pretty simple to me. Please keep wearing masks outdoors, by yourself in a car, at home.. Freedom on.

  • 2022-01-18 at 9:57 pm
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    The how or why vaccinations and masks got politicized which is probably in the top 5 of stupid things in this century so far. It would make my day to see the VSP arrest the LCSB for defying the Governor. What we are witnessing is evolution in progress and all of us that have had vaccinations get to watch the anti vaxers die.

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