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‘A slap in the face’: uproar in Virginia as governor relaxes school mask rules

Most families want masks in schools – so why did Virginia’s new governor make them optional? Emily Paterson was finally feeling able to relax. Her two sons were now fully vaccinated, and with mask policies in place at their school in northern Virginia she felt safe sending them every day, even as the Omicron variant surged. Then Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, took office on 15 January of this year – and, with his second executive action, he made masks in schools optional. Continue reading...

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