ARLINGTON, Va. (7News) — An Arlington County judge has set a date for a court hearing on a lawsuit filed by seven Virginia school districts against Gov. Glenn Youngkin over his executive order forcing schools to lift a mask mandate.
The hearing is set for February 2, 2022, at 1 p.m.
Plaintiffs are Alexandria City School Board and Arlington County School Board with John Cafferky as their attorney.
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Officials announced Monday that schools boards in Alexandria City, Arlington County, City of Richmond, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Hampton City and Prince William County filed a lawsuit to challenge Youngkin's executive order. hours after Youngkin's order went into effect.
Read the lawsuit below:
"We believe everyone in the FCPS community wants what is best for all students. While COVID-19 transmission remains high in our community, universal masking is essential for maintaining a healthy, safe learning environment for all – especially our most vulnerable students and those at a higher risk of severe illness. That is why our layered prevention strategies, including universal masking, remain in place. Read more about why face masks are essential," Fairfax schools said, in part.
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This lawsuit comes after 13 parents from Chesapeake City Public Schools filed a lawsuit last Tuesday in the Virginia Supreme Court asking for Youngkin's executive order to be suspended until the court could rule on its legality.