Youngkin Administration Seeks to Join Challenge to Loudoun Schools Mask Mandate

Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Attorney General Jason Miyares, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow filed a motion to join a Circuit Court lawsuit filed by a group of parents against the Loudoun County School Board’s mask mandate.

The state officials are seeking a temporary injunction and temporary restraining order against the mandate, which Miyares said in a statement is in violation of Youngkin’s executive order to make masking in schools optional. 

The plaintiffs, all parent of students in the division, are Kristen Barnett, Heather Yescavage, and former candidate for appointment to the Leesburg District School Board seat, Colin Doniger.

“The School Board’s actions have directly interfered with the right of each parent here … to make educational decisions for their children, all of whom have been directly and irreparably harmed by the unlawful Universal Mask Mandate and would attend their respective Loudoun County Public Schools mask-free if it were not for the Mandate,” the filing reads.

“After nearly two years in this pandemic, we have better risk mitigation strategies and vaccines, and we know much more about the efficacy of requiring children to wear masks all day,” Miyares said in a statement Wednesday evening. “Parents know what is best for their children and should be able to decide if their children wear a mask for eight hours a day.”

Youngkin’s executive order also is the subject of a lawsuit from other school boards, who argue that the order is illegal because it conflicts with state law. Senate Bill 1303, signed into law last year, requires that school divisions provide full-time in-person instruction, and to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to the greatest extent practicable. The CDC still recommends masking in schools.

The Loudoun parents’ lawsuit, however, claims that the School Board is in violation of Senate Bill 1303 because their children are not permitted in school without wearing masks.

The plaintiffs claim that the school division has caused irreparable harm to their children with the mask mandate, which they claim the board does not have authority to impose.

“Interpreting the School Board’s powers broadly enough to authorize the Universal Mask Mandate would put those powers in conflict with parents’ ‘fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education and care’ of their children,” the filing says.

The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction against the division’s masking policy. They are represented by the D.C. law firm Jones Day.

Some students have been disciplined for not wearing masks. One Stone Bridge High School family this week shared a letter notifying them that their student was suspended for 10 days for flouting the school mask requirement. 

A hearing has not yet been scheduled for the case.

9 thoughts on “Youngkin Administration Seeks to Join Challenge to Loudoun Schools Mask Mandate

  • 2022-02-03 at 7:49 am

    When Glen Youngkin didn’t like his church installing a gay bishop, he started his own church and began using it to give himself charitable donations. Now it seems he’s intent on starting his own pandemic…

  • 2022-02-03 at 9:31 am

    In just 19 days, Glenn Youngkin has caused so much chaos. The gentleman was a shady businessman. Now he thinks he can pull off similar shenanigans as Virginia’s governor. Actually, I sympathize with masking opponents. I hate wearing the darn thing. But Youngkin went into office like a bull in a china shop. A good leader would have sought buy-in from as many stakeholders as possible. On a brighter note, Happy Black History Month Loudoun!

    • 2022-02-03 at 4:16 pm

      LOL, having parents and students choose whether to where a useless piece of cloth over your face is chaos? If you want to wear one, no one is stopping you. All real-world evidence shows no difference between areas that mandated masks vs those that allowed freedom. I’ll stand on the side of freedom every time.

  • 2022-02-03 at 10:45 am

    We were told two weeks and it went on from there, he is trying to save VA from the last Governor and his hateful mandates. LOCO need to get on the same page, the BOS says maybe no maske in March, LCPS says never

  • 2022-02-03 at 10:59 am

    In just 4 years, Ralph Northam caused so much chaos. A good leader would have sought buy-in from as many stakeholders as possible, something Northam and his cast of characters never cared to do. It was all about implementing a progressive woke agenda.

  • 2022-02-03 at 1:34 pm

    When the left-leaning need to resort to casting aspersions instead of addressing an issue you know their argument is a losing one. The Loudoun Board of Supervisors is poised to end the “emergency” measures in effect for over two years now and the mask issue is currently under review in the courts. What remains is what parents have learned, which is, the Democrats who control both the school and county boards are unapologetically anti-freedom! Over time they have embraced central planning, ever-expanding government, stifling regulatory meddling, obvious suppression of speech and ever higher tax burdens. The Youngkin administration was elected to take a different path. So far they are demonstrating promises made, promises kept!

  • 2022-02-03 at 5:46 pm

    The mandate serves no purpose other than as a punitive measure to those parents who support governor Youngkin. Whether or not my kid wears a mask is not your problem. Nor does it threaten your kid. You are free to have your kids wear as many masks as their heads can hold and get as many jabs as their immune systems can withstand. This isn’t about public health, it’s about control. Sorry, Karen. Your time is up.

  • 2022-02-05 at 10:01 am

    “My Kids Went to Private School” Youngkin came to Alexandria the other day to tout his idea of dropping sales tax on groceries. He wasn’t wearing a mask as he stood a foot away from a masked employee showing him how to scan groceries so he could get his photo op. A woman a few aisles over shouted out, “Where’s your Mask, Governor?” Youngkin replied, “We’re all making choices today.” She reminded him he was in Alexandria and if he were to look around he’d see everyone was masked…”Read the room” she told him.

    Isn’t that what this should be about, “We’re all making choices?” Of course, school districts in Northern Virginia who want to make a choice are told by our GOP governor that big government knows best and even though he’s down in Richmond he is making the choice for them. What a phony load he’s proving to be.

  • 2022-02-07 at 10:38 am

    Children should no longer be mandated to wear masks. These children are not able to socialize, hear or converse as well. It is difficult for teachers to be understand as to understand their students. And the worst part is that children cough, sneeze into their masks and touch the pathogens that have sprayed through their mask. If they have to cough, or sneeze…let them do this in their shirt or sleeve. The masks are a vehicle to harbor germs. Stop the masks. Go after China that dropped the atomic germ on the world.

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