Masking memo isn't going over too well

Masking memo isn't going over too well

Masking memo isn't going over too well

A parental rights advocate says a school board that's been no stranger to controversy has once again riled parents by announcing that students may have to wear masks indoors for the 2022-2023 school year.

Fox News reports that parents are sounding off on Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for recent communication alerting them that their children will still potentially have to wear masks indoors pending high COVID-19 community rates.

Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation of Virginia, says most parents have grown tired of mask mandates and consider them anti-science.

"Many parents have come to the conclusion that their children have a more effective educational experience if they don't wear a mask," she relays.

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If the rate of COVID-19 infections rises this school year, then the FCPS will make a decision on reimposing indoor masking. But Cobb points out that earlier this year the state legislature passed SB 739, a law giving parents the right to opt their children out of any mask requirement on school property.

"Thankfully, [the] new law in Virginia is going to prevent them from continuing some of the ridiculous actions they've taken against students, like suspensions for not wearing a mask," she tells AFN.

Fairfax County has been considered ground zero for many of the battles between parents and schools during the pandemic.