We have received many questions and comments over the last few days regarding continued universal masking in our schools. Thank you to everyone who reached out and shared their thoughts; we appreciate the differing perspectives on this issue.
The question of the legality of universal masking as a key mitigation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools will be decided beyond the individual school. As reported in the news media, Governor Youngkin encouraged families to listen to their principals as we return to school on Monday. The relationship between the principal, staff, students, and families at your school is so important to student success; therefore, we respectfully ask that you honor this relationship and understand that mask use moving forward will be decided at the Board or state level.
As a result of School Board action on Thursday, January 20, and in accordance with legal counsel, all students and staff will continue to wear masks while in WJCC Schools facilities or on buses.
As we have done throughout the school year, we will work with families to ensure students are meeting all expected responsibilities at school. Please set out your child’s masks now so they are prepared to meet this expectation when they return to school tomorrow.
- If a student does not come prepared with a mask to wear at school, school staff will have masks ready for students to wear as has been provided throughout the pandemic.
- If a student chooses not to meet the requirement of wearing a mask, we are committed to providing an alternate method of continued instruction for that student.
We are dedicated to stepping down our mitigation strategies – including masking – when our Health Advisory Team indicates it is operationally safe to do so. We look forward to engaging in this conversation at our next School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 1.
Thank you for your continued partnership and your support of our schools as we work together to maintain in-person instruction.