Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin made it very clear on his first day in office —no more mandatory masking in schools. Youngkin signed an Executive Order, one of many, restoring power to parents when it comes to making decisions on their child’s education.
“A child whose parent has elected that he or she is not subject to a mask mandate should not be required to wear a mask under any policy implemented by a teacher, school, school district, the Department of Education, or any other state authority,” Youngkin wrote.
But this is Loudoun County we’re talking about here —they ignored the order.
Now Governor Youngkin, the attorney general, and the superintendent of public instruction have asked to join a lawsuit with parents against the Loudoun County Public Schools.
According to the Daily Wire, “the lawsuit includes an appendix with seven executive orders from previous Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, including one that made masks mandatory in schools. No school district defied those orders, and far from claiming at the time that executive orders were optional for school systems, school officials routinely invoked them as a reason that their hands were tied.”
“Attorney General Jason Miyares said in a statement that ‘When the pandemic started, Governor Northam used his emergency powers to close down places of worship, private businesses, and schools and impose a universal mask mandate. Nearly two years later, Governor Youngkin is using those same emergency powers to adapt to our current phase in the same pandemic, by giving parents the ability to opt out of a school mask mandate,’” DW adds.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 3, 2022