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Students ‘Required’ To Wear Masks Starting November 30th

Senior Jamison Jones wears a mask while waiting to perform at a choir rehearsal. Although the masks made singing more difficult, the students practiced with them to remain safe from spreading COVID-19. Photo by Brooke Damron.

On the final Thursday morning before students left school for the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 23-27), Principal Mike Nelson announced over the morning announcements that beginning Monday, Nov. 30th masks will be required to be worn while inside school.

This is a change to the previous policy where masks were highly recommended. Due to the increase in coronavirus cases as the end of the month approached, Governor Northam adjusted the precautions that the state had laid out to help reduce the number of COVID-19 positive cases.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Pennycuff sent out a messenger with the following information on Wednesday, November 18th.

“Beginning Monday, November 30th, PGCPS students aged five and above must now be required to wear cloth face coverings while inside school and childcare settings. Exceptions remain in place for those students where a face covering is not medically appropriate. Additionally, EO 63 states ‘any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry any medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.’

“As previously planned, beginning November 30, 2020, face coverings will also be required while riding on the bus to and from school. These requirements will be enforced as part of Prince George County Public Schools’ Dress Code Policy. Students will be required to meet the established expectations.”

For more information about the amendments to Executive Order 63 click here.

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