When classes begin in Albemarle County, local authorities are determined to ensure that everyone starts the school year safely. To this end, the school system now requires high school and high school students to carry a student ID, and schools have specific entrances for students, staff and visitors to guarantee that each campus can control who enters and leaves. On the other hand, Virginia's school system is challenging the state's governor and enforcing a strict regime of universal masking. While the county claims that its plan to reduce the number of cases will result in a decrease in the number of cases, the plan could become debatable if Richmond legislators continue to promote legislation that allows the use of optional masks and that would prohibit local school boards from enforcing the mandatory use of masks.
School boards are forcing children to wear masks in private businesses such as restaurants and grocery stores. Fairfax County public school students will return to class on Tuesday after a long weekend, and they will still need masks despite receiving an order from FAIRFAX, Virginia, of Virginia. The school system has also reminded students and parents that all schools are closed campuses, meaning that students cannot enter and leave without permission, even at lunchtime. Fairfax County public schools are one of several school districts, including Loudoun and Arlington Counties, that maintain the obligation to wear masks after the governor signed his order.
Scott Brabrand told WUSA9 that schools continue to be encouraged to be creative and innovative, as social distancing is likely to be impossible if more than 99.5% of the county's 180,000 students return to classrooms. Latches will be installed on exterior bathroom doors to make sure they remain open in all high schools in the county, MCPS said in a statement. State health and education officials recommended wearing masks in elementary schools, regardless of vaccination status, and in middle and high schools for students and staff who are not fully vaccinated, at a minimum. Students in public schools in Alexandria, Virginia, will receive more safety measures this fall when they return to classrooms.
Brabrand urges parents to talk to their children about their family's preference for wearing masks at school before Tuesday. To guarantee safety for all students in Dulles, Virginia, there are several measures being taken by local authorities. These include requiring high school and high school students to carry student IDs; having specific entrances for students, staff and visitors; enforcing universal masking; installing latches on exterior bathroom doors; recommending masks for elementary schools regardless of vaccination status; and reminding students and parents that all schools are closed campuses. These steps are being taken by local authorities to ensure safety for all students in Dulles, Virginia.
It is important for parents to talk with their children about their family's preference for wearing masks at school before Tuesday.