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Youngkin, Psaki respond to Northern Va. school systems’ announcements on mask requirements

By Ivy Lyons |

Virginia’s freshly inaugurated governor, Glenn Youngkin, signed executive orders removing school masking requirements across the state on Saturday afternoon. Since that moment, Arlington and Alexandria school systems have joined Fairfax County Public Schools in reminding families that masking policies remain in place.

Youngkin’s list of day one executive orders put the power to decide if students should wear a mask squarely into the hands of parents across the state.

“A child whose parent has elected that he or she is not subject to a mask mandate should not be required to wear a mask under any policy implemented by a teacher, school, school district, the Department of Education, or any other state authority,” the order said



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