Seven school districts in Virginia sued Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Monday, objecting to his govt order overruling their masks insurance policies and making the sporting of masks elective in public faculties.
The school districts embody the Fairfax County Public Schools, the state’s largest with greater than 178,000 college students, in addition to the school methods in Prince William County, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Hampton, and Richmond. Together, the districts serve greater than 350,000 college students.
The school districts stated in a press release on Monday that the lawsuit, filed in Arlington District Court, “defends the right of school boards to enact policy at the local level, including policies that protect the health and well-being of all students and staff,.”
The school officers questioned whether or not an govt order “can unilaterally override” the authority given to native boards by the state structure. The swimsuit additionally disputes whether or not the governor’s order can override legislative motion taken in 2021 that allowed college students to attend courses in individual whereas native school boards comply with suggestions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Without today’s action, school boards are placed in a legally untenable position — faced with an executive order that is in conflict with the constitution and state law,” the lawsuit says.
A spokeswoman for the governor, Macaulay Porter, stated in a press release that the governor’s workplace was “disappointed that these school boards are ignoring parent’s rights.” She stated Mr. Youngkin and the state legal professional basic have been dedicated to combating the lawsuit.
Mr. Youngkin issued an govt order on Jan. 15, the day he took workplace, that stated dad and mom may determine for themselves whether or not to comply with school masks mandates. The order aimed to finish a mandate imposed by Mr. Youngkin’s predecessor, Ralph Northam.
Mr. Youngkin ordered that the dad and mom of any youngster enrolled in a school or a school-based early youngster care and academic program “may elect for their children not to be subject to any mask mandate in effect” on the facility.
“Parents should have the ability to decide whether their child should wear masks for the duration of the school day,” it reads.
The faculties’ lawsuit stated, partly, that the plaintiff’s faculties “have students and staff members who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19, and for whom an infection with the virus could lead to serious illness or death” and that masks have been among the many mitigation measures the faculties have taken for the 2021-22 school 12 months.