Albemarle County Public Schools to Continue With Its Health Protection Measures, Including Requiring Masks in Schools

Following an executive order by Governor Glenn Youngkin this weekend that said protective masks should no longer be required in schools, Albemarle County Public Schools said today that they will continue to comply with Virginia state law that masks be worn by all students in all schools and facilities. The division also said that it will continue to follow the federal government’s order that masks be worn on all school buses. Additionally, in accordance with the standard issued by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there will be no change to the requirement that all school division staff continue to wear masks when inside school facilities.

According to the latest information from the Blue Ridge Health District, the level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in Albemarle County is in the health district’s highest risk category. The most current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that daily infections in Albemarle County have more than quadrupled in recent weeks, and the percentage of positive test results has increased from less than 4% to nearly 30%.

The division said that given the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant and the fact that the county is in the midst of winter and flu season, it is important to keep its current health protection safeguards in place.

The state law requiring that school divisions provide in-person instruction for students while adhering to the CDC masking requirements for schools remains in effect until August.

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