Masks optional when York County Schools return this fall

York County

YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — After a fiery three-hour-long special school board meeting on August 4, the York County School Board voted to begin the school year with masks being optional for all staff and students inside school buildings.

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At last Wednesday’s special meeting, Superintendent Victor D. Shandor, Ed.D., made the recommendation to make masks mandated, however, it was ultimately voted down.

His official recommendation was to “begin the school year with masks required for everyone while inside YCSD buildings and while students and staff are on school buses.”

After listening to public comments, the school board voted on an amended version of Dr. Shandor’s recommendation. The amendment called for masks to only be required on school buses.

It passed in a 3-2 vote.

The mask mandate on school buses is in accordance with federal requirements.

The meeting was posted to the school board’s YouTube channel, but has since been taken down. The meeting was held a day before Gov. Ralph Northam announced that he is asking all students and staff at K-12 schools to wear masks indoors, if they are vaccinated or not, based on recent CDC guidance.

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