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July 12, 2021

Fauquier public schools make face masks optional

Fauquier County Public Schools no longer require the wearing of masks on its property or buses.

Students and staff members continue to have the option to wearing face masks if preferred. The updated mask protocol took effect on July 1 to align with the expiration of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Amended Declaration of Emergency, Executive Order 51.
The school system “encourages each family to examine their individual situation, weigh their personal risks against benefits, and make a decision about mask-wearing that best suits their needs,” school board members Donna Grove (Cedar Run District) and Stephanie Litter-Reber (Lee) wrote in a recent column.

The health and safety of students and staff remain a top priority for county schools, spokeswoman Tara Helkowski said. Therefore, the system will continue these COVID-19 mitigation strategies:

• All employees and students should complete a daily self-health assessment.

• All employees and students must stay home when they are sick.

• Frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.

• Social distancing shall be maintained to the extent possible, particularly indoors.

• High-touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently.

• Contact tracing will be used for any suspected cases of COVID-19.

• Any unvaccinated individuals determined to be close contacts of a person infected with COVID-19 will be instructed to quarantine.
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