Portsmouth public schools are making masks optional from March 1st

PORTSMOUTH, VA. (WAVY) – Another school district in Hampton Roads has decided to comply with Governor Glen Yangkin’s order for additional camouflage.

It was a unanimous vote by the Portsmouth School Board on Thursday, which they said was filled with regret.

“The school board, unfortunately, and contrary to its best opinion solely to comply with the new legal requirements in effect from March 1, 2022, masks will be optional in Portsmouth public schools,” said school district attorney Adam Carroll.

Starting Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to wear masks in class and during extracurricular activities. A waiver form is not required.

School Board Chairman Dr. Cardel Patillo says 10 on your side is likely to have minimal impact.

“I have no doubt that most of our families will still demand masks in their households,” Patila said.

Under federal law, face-to-face coverage is still required on school buses.

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