Fairfax County Dishing out Repugnant Punishment to Students Over Mask Mandates – Opinion

Fairfax County in Virginia has seen the conflict over school mask requirements get even worse. Recently, the superintendent issued directions to principals for suspending students refusing to wear masks while at school.

It is an infringement of the Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order outlawing mask or vaccine mandates in the state’s schools. Parents can choose to allow their children to wear masks at school.

National Review reported:

Superintendent Scott Brabrand issued a “Principal Briefing” on Friday telling administrators to “continue to follow existing regulations and practices” on masking, nearly one week after Youngkin issued an executive order immediately after being sworn in that “delivers on [Youngkin’s] Day One promise to empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.”

Parents Defending Education was provided with a briefing that also included:

If a student refuses to cover their face while inside school buildings or on FCPS-provided transportation and isn’t otherwise exempt, they will not be allowed to access face-to-face instruction programming until the regulations are met.

The briefing also explained that “intentional removal of or refusal to wear a face covering during the times face coverings are required by all students,” will constitute a violation of the dress code.

Punishment for these violations involves a one-day suspension under a new suspension rule that would “enable staff to monitor data regarding this unique situation and gives students the ability to return the next day to comply with the regulation.”

On Friday, the superintendent sent a letter to parents explaining they will require “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside our buildings and on our school buses, except when alone in a room.”

“Other school districts in the state have announced plans to keep their mask requirements in place as well, including Loudoun, Stafford, and Prince William Counties, as well as Arlington schools,” according to WTOP news, which also reported that Falls Church City will comply with Youngkin’s order and institute an opt-out policy in February.

Governor. A group of parents from 13 Chesapeake Public Schools filed a lawsuit against Youngkin and his administration shortly after Youngkin’s order banning mask mandates. Their suit argues that his order violates state law requiring schools to “offer and prioritize in-person instruction” and maintain “mitigation procedures, like mask-wearing, to the extent practicable as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.”

Jason Miyares (Virginia attorney general) filed on Thursday a motion to dismiss.

It is no surprise the superintendent is attempting to defy Youngkin’s order. Each side refuses to yield in their battle against mandates, Critical Race Theory, and other issues. The mask authority is becoming increasingly aggressive in its efforts to forbid children from wearing masks, even though scientific evidence shows they are ineffective in schools.

Indeed, the fracas over masks in the classroom shows that folks on the left, for whom the mask has become almost a religious symbol, are mostly kidding when they say we should “follow the science.” In this case, their obsession with making kids mask up goes directly against data coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The mask controversy is likely more about making people mad. Please feelEven if the actual benefit is not realized, it’s safe. The children are the ones who have to suffer.

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