Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2022
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez,

Governor Glenn Youngkin Signs Bill to Empower Parents to Opt-Out of School Mask Mandates

 RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today signed SB739, empowering parents by creating a parental opt-out from local school mask mandates and ensuring five day a week in-person instruction. The bill will take effect immediately, providing school districts a transition period to comply by March 1, 2022. Governor Youngkin issued the following statement on this important legislation for Virginia’s parents and students: 
“Since day one, we have worked to empower Virginia parents who want to have a voice in the upbringing and education of their children. This is a defining moment and decisive victory for parents and kids across the Commonwealth. We are reaffirming that parents matter by signing SB739, effectively giving parents the ability to opt-out of school mask mandates.”

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