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Frustrated parents are suing the Loudoun Co. Virginia School Board for ignoring Governor Glenn Youngkin’s new mask policy. As BPR reported in January, Youngkin wasted no time following his inauguration in signing executive orders that shut down the teaching of Critical Race Theory and banned mask mandates in schools.
“Parents should have a say in what is taught in school because, in Virginia, parents have a fundamental right to make decisions with regards to their child’s upbringing, education, and care,” Youngkin said in his inauguration speech Saturday. “To parents, I say we respect you. And we will empower you in the education of your children.”
Parents are demanding that the school system adheres to Youngkin’s order that contains a parental opt-out for masks on their children at school.
“Despite belatedly allowing students to return to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the Board continues to demand that they wear restrictive facemasks for up to seven or eight hours a day — imposing physical, psychological, and developmental consequences that could be severe,” the court documents state.
(Video: Fox 5 DC)
The suit, which was filed in a Loudoun Co. circuit court on Tuesday, names three plaintiffs: Kristen Barnett, Heather Yescavage, and Colin Doniger.
BREAKING: A group of Loudoun County parents have filed a lawsuit against the Loudoun School Board for ignoring @GlennYoungkin‘s Exec. Order that allows a parental opt-out on student face masks in schools. Thank-you Governor for fighting for parents! pic.twitter.com/xHvQ0N5oT5
— Virginia GOP (@VA_GOP) February 1, 2022
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