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Universal indoor masking will be required in all Prince William County Public Schools at the start of the 2021-22 school year, new superintendent LaTanya McDade announced Monday.

Masks will be required for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status with some exceptions, McDade said in a note to parents and staff. Additional exceptions may include medical conditions or students whose disability may prevent masking.


According to the superintendent, through masking, Prince William schools will be:

  • Maintaining a layer of mitigation for staff and students when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Significantly reducing potential disruption to the educational environment caused by student quarantines.
  • Providing time for vaccines to become available at all ages and for more students to receive vaccinations.
  • Reducing potential impacts to staffing due to employee illness or quarantine.

The school year begins for Prince William County schools on Aug. 23.

Loudoun and Fairfax public schools are also requiring masks for staff and students to begin the school year as the Delta variant of COVID-19 spikes case counts around the D.C. region and the country.

In all three county school systems, masks will be required despite vaccination status. 

(8) comments

Todd Jones

If you read the fine print, you will see all vaccinated central office personnel are exempt. You must do as I say, but for all my cronies and me, business as usual, because we are above the law.

Tom Manson

A minor inconvenience, and welcomed until we can get the kids vaccinated as well. Some snowflakes will complain.

Brad London

Totally ridiculous and unnecessary. If people were smart enough to understand data and probabilities they would realize that this is just another government overreach.

John Dutko

It's called the Center for Disease Control. They can't cure stupid.

George Lawton

LOL…Dutko worships a crooked government agency like a God. What clown world morons. I can’t wait to sit back and watch these idiots get what they deserve when the virus keeps mutating like all cold viruses do, hence why there is no ‘vaccine’ for the common cold. Then they’ll double down on there Stockholm syndrome and say let’s wear masks forever and get 15 shots a year. These people belong in a mental hospital.

Larry Lyons

And pray tell, where did you get your degrees in Public Health or an MD residency in Epidemiology?

tRump U perhaps?

John Dutko

I thought about replying with something like: I hope you have enough savings to cover that medical bill as you lay in the hospital, gasping for air as you drown in your own ignorance.


George has no idea what the hell he is talking about and secretly wants mask mandates to continue because Conservatives DO NOT HAVE A VIABLE PLAN and they need something to bitch about and/or pin the blame on. They cannot rise up and use their fricking brains and apply simple germ theory because they got duped.

But no, I am going to take the high rode:

I hope you consult your doctor and see what information they can provide to you regarding Covid-19.

Larry Lyons

And you know this how oh genius of the moment? Let me guess you got your degrees in Microbiology and Epidemiology at tRump University.

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