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Catholic schools, including Roanoke Catholic School, update mask policy following Virginia’s new health order

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced they will abide by Virginia’s new health order that requires mask to be worn in all K-12 schools.

The order from Virginia Health Commissioner Norm Oliver on Thursday Aug. 12 spells out that children ages 2 or older must wear a face covering as long as they are indoors effective immediately and until further notice.

Just days ago, administrators for several Catholic schools in Virginia had sent out letters saying that “wearing masks in our school(s) will be a personal decision.”

“In addition to the updated mask mandate, Catholic schools in our diocese will continue to follow guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and consult as needed with health officials to protect the wellbeing, health and safety of students and staff,” a release from the diocese stated.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond begin their academic year on Monday, Aug. 23.

This includes Roanoke Catholic School, which issued the following statement on Friday, Aug. 13:

Following yesterday’s (Aug. 12, 2021) announcement by Virginia’s State Health Commissioner, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is updating its COVID-19 health mitigation measures to be compliant with the statewide public health emergency order. The State Health Commissioner Order, requiring the wearing of face masks in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status, goes into effect Aug. 12, 2021 and can be read here.

Roanoke Catholic School and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond begin their academic year on Monday, Aug. 23.

In addition to the updated mask mandate, Roanoke Catholic School will continue to follow guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and consult as needed with health officials to protect the well-being, health and safety of students and staff.

Stephanie M. Oliver, Director of Marketing and Media Relations, Roanoke Catholic School

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