RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WFXR) — School districts across Virginia are taking stock of the implications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that seeks to end mask mandates in schools.
On Saturday, shortly after Youngkin took office as Virginia’s 74th governor, he issued two executive directives and nine executive orders.
One of the orders ends the statewide COVID-19 mask mandate in K-12 schools beginning Jan. 24.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Youngkin said he will “consider all options” to preserve an opt-out for parents from local school mask mandates.
His order was getting pushback from some school districts and some Democrats who say state law requires Virginia to follow federal guidance that recommends masks in schools.