Roanoke County School Board votes to make masks optional if Youngkin rolls back public health order

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, the Roanoke County School Board voted in favor of allowing optional masking when Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin takes office.

During a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 4, the board voted 3-2 in favor of the following measure: “Once Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin rolls back the current Virginia Department of Health public order, Roanoke County Public Schools will immediately make masks optional in the classroom.”

In other words, if Youngkin changes the public health order — which he is expected to do in his first days of office — parents would be able to decide whether students wear masks at school.

You can watch Tuesday’s school board work session by clicking here.

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