YCSD Mitigation Strategies - Masking Update

Posted On: Friday, January 21, 2022

Over the course of this week, the York County School Board and division staff have reviewed Executive Order 2 and the implications for our schools. As we continue to await additional guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, per the governor’s order, we have consulted with the Deputy County Attorney and other legal resources.

Virginia law (SB1303) requires school divisions to adhere, to the maximum extent practicable, to current mitigation strategies provided by the CDC. The CDC currently maintains its recommendation for universal masking for students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, federal law requires the use of masks while on school buses.

As we seek additional guidance regarding the conflicts between Executive Order 2 and SB1303, the York County School Division will continue to implement the layered mitigation strategies that have been in place in our schools throughout this school year – including requiring all students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside school buildings and on school buses – until further notice.

The division’s top priority is to provide safe, secure learning environments for all students. This measured approach can help reduce quarantine and isolation periods for students and minimize disruptions to in-person learning. We will continue to consult with local and state officials, as well as legal counsel, and will implement and adjust our layered mitigation strategies accordingly.

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