- Smith Elementary
Masks Required Beginning August 16
August 13, 2021
Yesterday, 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.
August 22, 2021
Dear FCPS1 Families,
The number one priority of the Fauquier County School Board from day one of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to get our children back into a face-to-face learning environment, five days a week. Due to the number of positive cases and quarantines currently being leveraged on our staff and student body, our goal is in jeopardy.
To keep schools open five days a week, Fauquier County Public Schools will require all students and staff to wear a mask starting Monday, August 23, unless a medical exemption is on file and accompanied by a doctor’s note. Appropriate accommodations will be made for students and staff with a documented medical condition. In addition, religious accommodations will be made available to students and staff upon completion of the attached form. Masks will be provided to students who do not have one or for those who do not have appropriate documentation on file. Daily reviews of data will occur and this current mask requirement will be in effect for the next two weeks at a minimum.
Our hope is that we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and our quarantine numbers will reduce, so that we can keep our kids in school five days a week. The School Board will continue to be actively engaged with the Virginia Department of Health to monitor our situation and to seek clarity on quarantining expectations and at our next School Board Meeting, you can expect an update from us. This mask requirement will remain in place to protect our students and staff along with our instructional goals until our numbers of positive cases and quarantines significantly decrease.
We understand this is a topic that many of our families feel very passionately about and we assure you that the Fauquier County School Board strongly supports parents’ rights to make health and safety decisions for their families. However, as a Board, we are committed to pursuing safety restrictions that fall in line with the current conditions in our community to protect students and staff and in person learning. We appreciate your continued support in helping us keeping our students and staff safe.
Yours in Education,
Fauquier County School Board