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Grayson County School Board votes to mandate masks, allow exemptions for those with doctor’s note

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Officials with Grayson County Public Schools changed their minds Monday night with regard to masks for the upcoming school year, according to the district superintendent.

In a Facebook post shared by Fries School, Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kelly B. Wilmore announced the Grayson County School Board voted 5-0 in favor of a provision to the new mask mandate on Monday, Aug. 9.

“We will follow the law to require masks, HOWEVER, any student or staff member with a note from a medical professional, will be exempt. This includes a note from family doctor, PA, Pediatrician, or mental health professional,” Wilmore wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, Aug. 10. “Sadly, being vaccinated does not lift this restriction.”

If you get a note from a medical professional saying your child cannot wear a mask, Wilmore asks that you send it to your child’s school as soon as possible. However, there will also be a place for such notes at the open house event from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 with the school nurse.

“I can assure parents we are going to make every effort to get children outside at all levels so they don’t have to wear masks all day,” said Wilmore. “None of us like this as you know! However, this is the only alternative at the current time.”

If you have any questions about this policy change, you are asked to send Wilmore a message.

This news comes after Wilmore announced on July 26 that masks would be optional at Grayson County public schools for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Grayson County students are set to return to the classroom on Aug. 26.

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