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Update: Mask-Wearing in Schools

January 21, 2022

The Fauquier County School Board voted Thursday night to make face masks optional for students and staff, effective Monday, January 24, 2022. In accordance with the Department of Transportation’s federal mask mandate, students and staff will still be required to wear face masks while on Fauquier County Public School buses and in school division vehicles. Contact tracing will also be discontinued beginning Monday. 

Our goal is to keep kids well and learning in school.  Therefore, all employees and students must stay home when they are sick.  The school division’s policy for sick students will be upheld as normal. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home for a minimum of five days. If symptoms are improving and the student has been fever-free for 24-hours without medication, they can return on day six and will wear a mask in school on days six through 10. 

FCPS will continue to notify families by email and through the COVID Dashboard of any COVID-positive result from a monitored test reported to FCPS. 

The FCPS COVID Response Plan posted on the FCPS website has been updated to reflect these changes. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience. 


January 17, 2022

On Saturday, January 15, Governor Youngkin signed Executive Order Number Two, addressing mask-wearing in schools. Because this Order does not go into effect until Monday, January 24, Fauquier County Public Schools will keep all current mitigation strategies in place, including the wearing of masks, when students return to school on Tuesday, January 18.

The Order states that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will provide school divisions with new guidance for COVID-19 Prevention. We will use this guidance and work with state and local authorities to better understand what the Executive Order means for schools. We will provide our community with an update about masks and mitigation strategies prior to Monday, January 24.