Roanoke County, Montgomery County schools joining those keeping mask mandate in place
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke County Public Schools will continue to require masks for students in school for the time being, saying there are still questions regarding state law that need to be clarified before aligning with Governor Youngkin’s executive order letting parents decide whether their children will wear masks while in school.
District officials say they are looking forward to new guidance from the Virginia Department of Education.
The district also reports a high number of COVID cases, putting a strain on being able to keep schools open.
The goal is to drop the mask mandate by February14.
Click here to read the full statement from Superintendent Ken Nicely.
The Montgomery County School Board has voted to keep its mask mandate in place with a 5-2 decision.
The vote Thursday night means the district will continue to follow Senate Bill 1303, requiring schools to follow the mitigation recommendations of the CDC.
The vote, coming after a night of public comments and debate over the issue, goes against Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order letting parents decide whether their children will wear masks while in school.
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