Mask Policy

*NOTICE* Effective March 1, 2022, state law makes the wearing of face masks by students optional when on school property, including school buses, and overrides the portions of Albemarle County Public Schools’ mask policy pertaining to mask use by students.

*UPDATE* Beginning April 4, 2022, face masks will become optional for everyone, including employees and visitors, when on school property, including all school and division facilities, inside or outside, and school buses.

Policy on Masks and Acceptable Face Coverings

Adopted: August 27, 2020; Revised July 8, 2021

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The Albemarle County School Board (“School Board”) is aware of the evolving need for mitigation measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that allows schools to open and operate as safely as possible. In consideration of the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Blue Ridge Health District, the School Board adopts this emergency policy for all students, staff, visitors, and vendors, of Albemarle County Public Schools (“ACPS”). This policy also covers children and staff in ACPS child care and school enrichment programs.

Except when a specific exemption applies, students and employees shall wear a mask or acceptable face covering at all times regardless of physical distancing, in an ACPS school building, in another ACPS facility, on a school property or campus, or in an ACPS vehicle or bus.

Frequently Asked Questions on Use of Face Coverings