New Executive Order - 1/16

New Executive Order - 1/16
Posted on 01/16/2022

Good afternoon Colonial Heights Community,

 This is Dr. William Sroufe, Colonial Heights Public Schools Superintendent.

 Our families and staff may have heard that yesterday, Governor Youngkin issued an executive order that says that parents may choose whether their child wears a mask at school or not.  We expect that there are a variety of opinions among our families about this new order. 

 Please know that this order is written to go into effect on January 24th, not this week.  For this week, we will continue to follow all of the health mitigation protocols and expectations that have been in place recently to keep students as safe as possible in school. This includes the requirement that all staff and students continue to wear their masks for the time being.  

 Over the next few days, we will closely monitor any possible updates to the executive order and other laws in place that appear to conflict with the order.  We ask for your grace and patience as this is sorted out for all schools in Virginia and then will provide an update during the week as the situation becomes clearer for any possible changes to our health mitigation after this week. 

 The safety of our students and staff will always be our first priority.  We understand and respect there are different viewpoints on this issue, both throughout our Commonwealth and our City.  
Right now, we are focusing on understanding this order and evaluating how best to operationalize it without compromising our ongoing commitment to safety for everyone in our schools.  As always, we appreciate your understanding and support. 

 For now, enjoy this well-deserved long weekend as we all anxiously await one of the best parts of our jobs....anticipating and welcoming the SNOW!  

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