FCPS Face Mask Guidelines

  • Governor Northam announced a Public Health Emergency Order requiring universal masking in all indoor settings in Virginia’s K-12 schools. Therefore, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) will require all staff members, visitors, and students to wear face masks at all times indoors, except while eating, drinking, at nap time, when exercising, or playing a musical instrument. This includes any FCPS workplace, school buildings, and while entering, exiting, and riding the school bus. Face coverings are optional for students and staff while participating in any activity outdoors. 


    Bus Mask Policy

    To comply with the federal mask mandate for transportation, beginning Friday, August 20, 2021, FCPS will require all students and drivers to wear masks on school buses. 

    The Order exempts the following categories of persons:

    • A child under the age of 2 years;
    • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act 

    The requirement to wear a mask shall not apply in the following circumstances:

    • While eating, drinking, or taking medication, for brief periods;
    • While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; 
    • If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.  Persons who are experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or are feeling winded may remove the mask temporarily until able to resume normal breathing with the mask. Persons who are vomiting should remove the mask until vomiting ceases.  Persons with acute illness may remove the mask if it interferes with necessary medical care such as supplemental oxygen administered via an oxygen mask. 

    Please note: Persons requesting an exemption from the requirement to wear a mask on a school bus must provide medical documentation by a licensed medical provider. 

    Masks must completely cover the mouth and nose, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and be worn the entirety of the route.