Craig County School Board votes to make masks optional ahead of new school year

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FILE – In this Thursday, March 11, 2021 file photo, desks are arranged in a classroom at an elementary school in Nesquehoning, Pa. In the fall of 2021, vaccinated teachers and students should no longer wear masks inside school buildings and no one need bother with them outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, July 9, 2021, in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

CRAIG COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — During a special meeting on Monday, members of the Craig County School Board voted to hold off on requiring masks for the new school year, instead putting the decision in the hands of parents.

The motion proposed at the school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 9 was to approve the Craig County Public Schools health plan for the 2021-2022 school year, minus the mask and social distancing requirements.

The motion was then amended to make masks a recommendation rather than a requirement for students, teachers, staff, and visitors — saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make masks a recommendation — and to remove social distancing.

While the majority of board members voted in favor of the motion, the vote was still not unanimous.

One member of the board warned others about the move, saying it comes with potential legal consequences and lawsuits if a student were to die or get sick from the coronavirus if they do not require face masks.

You can watch the recording of Monday’s meeting by clicking here.

The Craig County School Board is set to meet again at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, the same day that students attend their first day of classes.

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