UPDATE 2:19 p.m. (1/6/21): After a special meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Roanoke County School Board voted 4-1 to rescind the motion adopted on Tuesday to make masks optional in schools if Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin cancels the VDH’s public health order.

According to the board, removing the mask requirement for students at this time would violate state law due to SB 1303.

However, school officials say they are hopeful that Youngkin will be able to roll back the public health order and offer new state guidance after he takes office next week.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – On Thursday, the Roanoke County School Board will have a special meeting to further discuss mask requirements.

The meeting is meant to “discuss, clarify and reconsider” the motion which was passed Tuesday stating that should Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin rolls back the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) current public health order, the district will make masks optional in classrooms.

Youngkin previously said that he plans to make changes to COVID mandates as soon as he takes office on Jan. 15.

The meeting is set to take place at 1 p.m. Thursday and will be live-streamed here.