Bedford County Schools push back start date, require face masks when social distancing isn’t possible


BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – On Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board voted to require students to wear face masks when they cannot social distance.

The Bedford County School Board voted 6-1 in favor of requiring face masks or coverings in areas where social distancing is not possible. The decision to wear face coverings in classrooms will be at teachers’ discretion

Temperature checks, though, will not be required.

In a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board pushed the school start date to the week of Labor Day. The exact start date has not been decided.

Parents do still have the option of a completely-virtual option for the semester.

View Thursday night’s meeting below:

Correction: The article previously stated that students would be required to wear face masks when they return to school. School leaders actually voted in favor of requiring face covering for students when “social distancing is not possible”. The article has been corrected to reflect this.

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