Dear Families,

On Wednesday, February 16, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed Senate Bill 739 into law. It removes all school mask requirements in Virginia.. 

As a result, the Northampton County Public Schools will transition to a mask-optional learning environment for all students in our buildings, effective Wednesday, February 23, 2022. However, we will continue to strongly encourage mask-wearing as a key strategy in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. 

In making this transition, we will focus on maintaining a positive and welcoming learning environment in which students feel comfortable wearing a mask if they choose to do so. Please speak with your children about your decision and expectations about whether they will or will not wear masks in school, and ask that they respect the choices of other students.  School employees will not be asked to enforce parents' mask decisions.  

 Click here to read Superintendent Lawrence's letter about the mask mandate