In a statement to parents and staff issued today (Sunday), Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) said everyone in Alexandria schools will still be required to wear a mask despite a Ordered issued by Governor Glenn Youngkin to the contrary.
The state executive order came in the wake of a back and forth between Virginia Democrats and Republicans over requiring masks in schools. Both Arlington and Fairfax County sent similar messages to parents and staff.
ACPS and other school districts’ legal authority defying the order of the state is always in question.
The full version of CSPA is listed below:
Dear CSPA staff and families,
We hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday.
We want to address any questions or concerns about whether masks will continue to be worn in our schools to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) will continue to adhere to health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alexandria Department of Health (AHD) and will continue to require that all individuals wear masks that cover the nose and mouth in ACPS schools, facilities and buses.
Masks, combined with multiple other CASP mitigation measures, have been effective in helping to protect the collective health and safety of our students and staff and keeping our schools open for in-person learning. This continues to be our commitment as we tackle the challenges this pandemic has brought to our schools.
We have started receiving shipments of KN95 masks for students and staff, and expect deliveries to be complete by Wednesday, January 19. ACPS will continue to be diligent in exploring all options to place additional orders for KN95 masks and continue to work with a community partner to secure additional masks through donation. We have also delivered additional surgical masks to schools for dual masking as an alternative option.
Thank you for all you do to help keep our schools safe and open! For up-to-date information on CSPA health and safety guidelines, please visit www.acps.k12.va.us/domain/1607.