Isle of Wight School Board talks masks, other back to school plans Thursday

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ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Isle of Wight School Board briefly talked about Gov. Ralph Northam’s mask mandate and other back to school plans Thursday.

The meeting took place at 5 p.m.

Isle of Wight is one of several local districts that hadn’t decided on whether to masks mandatory for all students and staff, however, in response to the governor’s order Thursday making masks mandatory in schools, it appears the division will be following that mandate.

The school board did not take any formal action Thursday after discussing the new mandate over a period of a few minutes.

Gov. Ralph Northam has said a new state law requires school districts to follow CDC guidance, which currently recommends masking for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. He’s talked about legal action against districts that don’t comply, but it’s unclear how that would go about.

“This is what it is, and we wanna make the best of it,” said board member Jackie Carr.

The governor’s mandate was a “big disappointment” for many in the division, Carr said, while others fully supported a mask mandate.

She said she wanted to encourage maskless breaks — “as many as we can get.”

Watch the full meeting below:

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