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Mathews board considers lifting mask mandate

Mathews school board members will hold a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to consider implementation of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order lifting the mask mandate in Virginia schools.

The decision to hold the special meeting was made after hearing from 15 parents, teachers and others at the start of Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting in the Mathews High School media center—with all those speaking urging the board to comply with removing the restriction put in place by former Gov. Ralph Northam.

Youngkin’s order, which was one of the first he issued after taking office Saturday, is set to take effect across the commonwealth this coming Monday.

Superintendent of schools Nancy Welch said that she had been in consultation with the school board’s attorney over the issue and any possible conflicts between the executive order and SB 1303, which had been passed into law by the General Assembly last year. That act, which mandated school divisions to offer in-person inst...

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