Northampton Schools Superintendent Eddie Lawrence released the following statement to students Monday:
“After careful consideration of a variety of factors the Northampton County Public Schools administration and school board have decided to sustain our policy of universal masking for all students. Please know that this was a difficult decision to make but we feel it is the right one at this time given the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community at this time.
“It is our understanding that, even with this executive order, Virginia commonwealth law allows divisions the flexibility to continue requiring masks if their elected school boards choose to do so. We will continue to seek guidance from the Virginia Department of Education on this matter.
“As a division, our top priorities are to protect the health and safety of everyone in our buildings and maintain in-person learning for our students. By continuing to require masks, we can help reduce the spread of the virus and avoid high numbers of exposures, quarantines, and positive cases that can disrupt the learning process.
“We know that not everyone will agree with this decision. We ask for your understanding as we work to do what we believe is in the best interests of our students, families, and staff.”
For those who wring their hands at Youngkin and DeSantis letting parents decide whether to mask their own kids, if Gov. Youngkin letting parents decide what to do with their own children makes you uncomfortable, that’s a you problem.
Yes, Covid-19 is a rough, terrible virus, but will someone just say it….masks don’t work, they don’t stop the spread. Just face it (no pun intended). Your 1st grader is wearing a freaking Batman cloth mask for absolutely no reason. It’s a facial decoration, we all know it, and petty tyrants (who don’t wear masks themselves) are forcing your kids into them for absolutely no reason.
Do we still have faith that local school boards have any idea what they are doing?
The mask mandates are unscientific, vindictive, mean-spirited, and promote segregation. The American people have a moral obligation to oppose unjust laws and mandates like this.
Our kids deserve the sanity and normalcy that other kids have. They deserve the sanity and normalcy that their geriatric overlords afford to themselves, even though they are far more at risk than they are.