New Mask Policy in Virginia: No More Mask Mandates

As we come towards the end of the 2021-2022 school year, Virginia has started to loosen its COVID-19 restrictions. More specifically, our rules about masks. Governor Glenn Youngkin has put into law that parents are now allowed to opt their children out of wearing a mask effective March 1, 2022. This comes at a time when people are increasingly becoming tired of masks, such as Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan, who is also pushing the state’s education board to loosen their restrictions.

Governor Younkin signing the bill into law.

However, the CDC still recommends that everyone wears a mask vaccinated or not. Both Fairfax and Prince William County Schools, which are the two largest districts in Virginia, announced that they are still in “high transmission”. Although Governor Younkin gave schools until March 1, 2022, PWCS has opted for the law to be effective Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Federal law requires that all students wear masks while on school buses. So, for students who decide not to wear their masks in school, you must comply with federal law and wear them on the bus. These laws also do not apply to teachers and other employees of the school system; they are still required to wear a mask.

Hopefully, cases decline and we return to a “normal” way of living, and masks will no longer be needed. But, for now, the choice to wear a mask is in your hands.