MASK MADNESS: Loudoun County to Suspend Students for Noncompliance

Starting Wednesday, all students in Virginia’s Loudoun County school district will be suspended if they fail to wear a mask in school; students were told and letters went out to parents.

“Beginning on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, students who willfully continue to refuse to follow COVID mitigation measures as required by Loudoun County Public Schools will be suspended from school in relation to Violation of School Board Policy 8210, Introduction to Student Discipline, Section F.2. Willful or continued disobedience of school rules and regulation of school personnel; 3. Defiance of the authority of any teacher, principal or other person having authority on the school board,” the letter says.

“A student who is suspended because of non-compliance with COVID-mitigation measures may return to school only when they agree to follow COVID-mitigation measures throughout the entire school day and at all indoor school-related events …”

Abbie Platt, a parent with three children in Loudoun County schools, says she won’t comply.

“Each parent should get to make the decision that makes the most sense for their individual family,” she said. “We were so thrilled when the governor made that announcement, that’s because our little guy has chronic asthma, and he’s been on a nebulizer for two years. When you have something trapped on your face, and you are not able to breathe properly, it creates a serious health problem.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Executive Order made masks in schools optional beginning Jan. 24th —many schools continue to ignore the order.