Virginia governor says parents are “best positioned” to decide if their children wear masks in school – What We Know!

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed an govt order Wednesday permitting mother and father to choose their kids out of regionally imposed college masks necessities. The brand new regulation goes into impact on March 1, after Republicans and a few Democrats agreed to go the invoice. 

“This invoice, now into regulation, displays … the truth that mother and father are … finest positioned to make these selections for his or her youngsters. What we stated yesterday is that if mother and father need their kids to put on a masks, then they need to completely have the option to take action. And in the event that they assume the most effective factor for his or her youngster is to not put on a masks, then they need to be capable to make that call as effectively,” he stated Thursday on “CBS Mornings.”  

Previous to the signing, college boards within the state had been allowed to implement masks mandates in colleges inside their districts. 4 college boards had beforehand filed a criticism difficult the constitutionality of the order. However Youngkin stated that within the final couple of years there appears to be a disconnect between mother and father and college boards.  

“Effectively, the fact, after all, is that college boards are elected over an prolonged time period, and what we’ve seen again and again, significantly in Virginia during the last couple of years, is that college boards are out of contact a bit with mother and father,” he stated. “So, what this regulation now clearly reaffirms is what already is in Virginia regulation, that oldsters have a elementary proper to make selections with reference to their kids’s upbringing, their training, and their care.” 

COVID-19 circumstances have seen a decline in latest weeks however are nonetheless excessive in Virginia, the place the take a look at positivity fee is 10.7%. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated it’s contemplating loosening its COVID masks steerage however for now their steerage stays the identical they usually advise everybody, together with kids, ought to put on a masks in indoor public areas in areas with excessive transmission.  

Youngkin stated his state is transferring in the appropriate route in relation to COVID. 

“We’re on the again finish of Omicron and I’m enthusiastic about that. I feel that we have to proceed to acknowledge that this pandemic and COVID-19 aren’t going to go away,” he stated. “However it’s completely far much less extreme and we’ve a path to get again to regular and that’s the trail we’re going to be on in Virginia.”