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Order to end school mask mandates gets pushback in Virginia

Added 01-16-22 06:03:01pm EST - “School districts across Virginia were taking stock Sunday of the implications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's executive order that seeks to end mask mandates in schools, with some school systems saying they will continue to require masks.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “School districts challenge Glenn Youngkin’s executive order repealing mask mandates”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

RICHMOND — School districts across Virginia were taking stock Sunday of the implications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seeks to end mask mandates in schools, with some school systems saying they will continue to require masks.

On Saturday, shortly after Youngkin took office as Virginia’s 74th governor, he issued nine executive orders, one of which ends the statewide COVID-19 mask mandate in K-12 schools beginning Jan. 24.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Youngkin said he will “consider all options” to preserve an opt-out for parents from local school mask mandates amid resistance from some school districts and some Democrats who say state law requires Virginia to follow federal guidance that recommends masks in schools.

Carl Tobias, a law professor of the University of Richmond, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that any challenge to the governor’s order will likely end up in the courts.

“We said all along that we were going to stand up for parents,” Youngkin said in the interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

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