Loudoun School Board Votes to Support Continued Masking

The School Board voted 8-1 last night to support Superintendent Scott Ziegler’s decision to continue requiring masks in schools, defying the governor’s executive order.

John Beatty (Catoctin) opposed the motion.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order Saturday to make masks optional for students. The order is at odds with state law that requires school divisions follow CDC guidance to the greatest extent practicable.

Ziegler said he would make an announcement today with more information on mitigation strategies.

18 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Votes to Support Continued Masking

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:19 am
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    This vote doesn’t surprise me. Glenn Youngkin is an awful leader. His inaugural address was horrible. He genderized Virginia & stereotyped all residents of the commonwealth as believers in God. (Please tell that to the many agnostics & atheists in Virginia.) In short, he’s a throwback to a much darker time in Virginia’s history. I cling to the hope that Loudoun will lead the way to a brighter future.

    • 2022-01-19 at 7:10 pm
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      Must have listened to a different inaugural address. I heard a sound inspiring speech that moves Virginian in a better direction and off the road to ruin from the radical woke nuts. Unfortunately the radical nuts still run Loudoun county. Based on some of the comments I see here there are plenty of woke liberals that are attempting to disparage good people like Youngkin.

    • 2022-01-20 at 2:20 pm
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      From your comments it is clear you view the ‘state’ as the be all and end all arbiter of all decisions. All Governor Youngkin is saying is that parents have the right to decide for their own children whether or not to wear a mask. Studies have already shown that masks impeded the health of children and educators have found that it also impedes learning especially at the younger ages as it makes is difficult for them to verbalize or read verbal clues. Stop with your political nonsense.

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:24 am
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    Of course Beatty opposed the idea. He’d put everyone at risk if doing so gave him a boost with the MAGA crowd. What a waste of the space he occupies on the board.

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:31 am
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    so for 2 years LCPS, LCSB & LCBOS followed the sitting Governor, but now that there is a new Governor they don’t agree with they are choosing to no follow him. interesting.

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:38 am
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    Of course. It’s not about the kids; it’s about a political statement. Always politics with these people.

  • 2022-01-19 at 10:36 am
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    Did anyone expect anything different from these liberal clowns. Hopefully it becomes a mute point once AG Miyares investigation is complete. If the investigation is fair and thorough justice will be served and a majority of the ‘woke” LCSB will be gone ( and some even behind bars).

  • 2022-01-19 at 10:37 am
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    Very surprised the more experienced school board members don’t remember Virginia is a Dillon State which means NO LOCALITY can act without prior state approval. LCPS is a department within the D.O.E. of Virginia so it is also insubordinate. This seems to be merely partisan signaling and inappropriate for school board members supposedly in non-partisan positions of trust. Again this is what can happen locally when the majority of registered voters don’t vote in local elections. FIX IT! VOTE NEXT TIME! 🙂

  • 2022-01-19 at 12:08 pm
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    The Democrats are terrified that there is a suave, nice, articulate, sincere governor whose natural inclinations turn out to be politically savvy. The rabid, woke, Marxist nightmare is coming to an end.

  • 2022-01-19 at 1:38 pm
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    Yes it is interesting, Chris! You conveniently left out they are following the law and not an unlawful EO. I’m sure you understand as you probably railed against Biden’s vaccine mandate EO.

    • 2022-01-20 at 9:03 am
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      Homer, Biden’s mandate was found to be illegal.

  • 2022-01-19 at 1:53 pm
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    Northam and Biden strategies did not work see the death toll. Butchers with titles. More people died under Biden with the vaccine then under Trump who didn’t have the vaccine. There is nothing wrong with including those who make up the majority, God fearing peoples!

  • 2022-01-19 at 4:32 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 and the BoS with the assistance of Loudoun’s finest for defying the Governor.

  • 2022-01-19 at 4:33 pm
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    How can Glen Youngkin be an awful leader when he has not been in the job very long? It is very premature to make an ignorant comment that he is an awful leader. This was a chance for the BOS to show some unity and allow parents to chooses whether or not their kids should wear a mask and they shut the door. We need to focus on making our schools the best place to learn not a mask mandate. How are we ever going to unify the citizens of Loudoun County when the BoS does not want to compromise?

  • 2022-01-19 at 8:48 pm
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    So, it now appears that “additional mitigation strategies” includes his announcement today removing COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for staff and student athletes for the remainder of the school year though continuing to RECOMMEND all eligible students and staff members be vaccinated and get booster shots. Given this half-a-loaf approach, it seems the MANDATE to continue the masking requirement is both petty and entirely political.

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:23 pm
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    I conclude that school board members who voted to mask children don’t understand children. We now know masking can be harmful to both their physical and mental wellbeing. They need oxygen for their growing brains and need to see a person’s entire face to grow socially. (There is one discredited study that supports masking.)
    The virus particle is too tiny to be blocked by masks children use. Its physical relationship to a worn mask, I have read, is like a “small bird flying through an open double garage door.”
    Masking is a tool of control, not disease prevention.
    Thank you, wise Mr. Beatty, my Catoctin school board member.

  • 2022-01-20 at 8:53 am
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    This is kabuki theater. Beatty only voted that way in a vein attempt to save his reputation.
    (Newsflash – they ALL STILL ENABLED A RAPIST.) All Governor Youngkin did was allow parents to make the decision for their own children. It took nothing from those who still want to wear masks and get as many jabs as your immune systems can withstand. That’s individual liberty. If you have such burning faith in that piece of cloth and that needle, why does my kid not wearing a mask hurt you so much, Karen?

  • 2022-01-21 at 12:20 pm
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    What a blanket decision. What about the children who have had COVID and have the antibodies or those children who have had the vaccine? Why in the world don’t you end the masks? Isn’t it time that parents of all races stand together and ask for school vouchers? Let these parents use the same lump sum given to the county public schools and home school their children or go to a private school. These school board members are playing politics with your children. End the masks, once and for all. If a child wants to wear one or a teacher; so be it. This is America and not a third world country that uses its children for propaganda and or slavery.

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