The Loudoun County School Board approved a motion to support the superintendent’s recommendation to continue the school division’s current mask mandate on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler will detail what the board’s action means for students and staff in a COVID-19 communication on Wednesday, January 19.
Newly inaugurated Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order on his first day in office that makes masks voluntary for children in the state's public schools. Youngkin stated, "parents should have the ability to decide whether their child should wear masks for the duration of the school day."
Loudon County now joins Fairfax County Schools and Arlington County Schools in the Northern Virginia area, saying they will continue to enforce mask requirements for students, despite Youngkin's executive order, which takes effect on January 24.