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‘Segregation’: Parents Protest Schools’ Differential Treatment of Unmasked Students in Loudoun County

By Terri Wu


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.—Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is reverting to segregation-era-style policies by treating masked and unmasked students differently, parents whose children chose to not wear a mask to school this week said at a Jan. 25 school board meeting.

The mask mandate has been a contentious issue between parents and the school board in the Virginia county over the past two years, with the topic consistently being mentioned during public comments at school board meetings. However, it has escalated to a new level since the state’s new Republican governor took office on Jan. 15.

On his first day in office, Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order (pdf) that removed the mask mandate in schools, leaving students’ mask-wearing to be determined by parents. The order took effect on Jan. 24. However, on Jan. 18, the Loudoun County School Board voted 8–1 to keep the district’s mask mandate in place.



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