WATCH: Virginia Governor Signs Order Ending Mask Mandates in Schools, Gives Pen to Little Girl Suspended 9 Times for Not Complying

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has signed a bill that will allow parents to opt out of masking their children at school.

After he signed the bill, the governor gave his pen to a little girl who was suspended nine times for refusing to comply with her school’s mandate.

Senate Bill 739 requires schools to make masks optional no later than March 1, and be open five days a week for on-campus learning — “except in the case of the 10 unscheduled remote learning days otherwise permitted by law or in certain cases of student discipline.”

“The bill permits, notwithstanding any other provision of law or any regulation, rule, or policy implemented by a school board, school division, school official, or other state or local authority, the parent of any child enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school, or in any school-based early childhood care and education program, to elect for such child to not wear a mask while on school property,” the legislation states. “The bill provides that no parent making such an election shall be required to provide a reason or any certification of the child’s health or education status and no student shall suffer any adverse disciplinary or academic consequences as a result of this parental election.”

Speaking on the Capitol steps with a group of students and parents behind him, Youngkin exclaimed that “we are restoring power back to parents.”

“Today we are reestablishing and restoring power back to parents. But we are also reestablishing our expectations that we will get back to normal. And this is the path,” Youngkin said.

 

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