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Face Masks Optional in Fauquier County Public Schools

July 9, 2021

Fauquier County Public Schools no longer requires the wearing of masks in FCPS buildings, buses or grounds. Students and staff will continue to have the option to wear face masks if preferred. The updated mask protocol took effect on July 1 to align with the expiration of Governor Northam’s Amended Declaration of Emergency, Executive Order 51.

The school division “encourages each family to examine their individual situation, weigh their personal risks against benefits, and make a decision about mask-wearing that best suits their needs,” explained School Board members Donna Grove (chair, Cedar Run District) and Stephanie Litter-Reber (Lee District).

The health and safety of students and staff remain a top priority for FCPS. Therefore, FCPS will continue to implement the following COVID-19 mitigation strategies: 

  • All employees and students should complete a daily self-health assessment.
  • All employees and students must stay home when they are sick.
  • Frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
  • Social distancing shall be maintained to the extent possible, particularly indoors.
  • High-touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
  • Contact tracing will be used for any suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • Any unvaccinated individuals who are determined to be close contacts of a person infected with COVID-19 will be instructed to quarantine.