The lawsuit came as schools went through ‘standoffs’ with parents defying public school mask mandates
On Monday, seven Virginia school districts filed a lawsuit against Governor Glenn Youngkin for his executive order declaring school mask mandates null. This allows parents to make the final decision about whether or not their children are wearing masks.
Officials in education claimed that the attempt was unsuccessful. “politically motivated,”But seeks to find the answer “fundamental questions about the framework of public education in Virginia.”
Alexandria City, Arlington County, Richmond, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Hampton City, and Prince William County are the school districts in opposition to Youngkin’s order, which reverses a previous mask mandate in the state put in place by the former governor, Ralph Northam.
Youngkin’s office has said they will fight the lawsuit and claimed the school boards are “acting counter to parent’s rights.”
The school districts, which collectively oversee hundreds of schools in the state, vowed to ignore Youngkin’s order before it even took effect. Virginia’s largest school district, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), stated that it would continue to “require universal mask wearing”Moving forward
The order eventually went into effect on Monday, leading to anti-mandate parents arriving at schools in the state to ensure they do not violate the governor’s new order. According to Daily Wire, the demonstrators encouraged students to defy mask mandates.
Megan Rafalski was the mother of a fifth-grader who refused to wear a mask and she claimed her child had been kicked out.
“We have a special exception to go to the school we’re at so my son can go to the school with the kids he started with. They’re now telling me his exception is being rescinded for disciplinary reasons. It was only a once-off incident. He’s never been in trouble before,”According to her, the outlet was informed.
Loudoun County mother speaks to @WMALDCThis AM — she was sobbing, as she described how her son came to school without wearing a mask and was then “strong-armed and intimidated” by the principal. She says he’s being held in the office, away from his class.https://t.co/NPPtJyqeqKpic.twitter.com/EgzGoXJOCh
— Vince Coglianese (@VinceCoglianese) January 24, 2022