For Immediate Release: August 12, 2021
Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Updates Face Mask Policy for the Beginning of the 2021-2022 School Year
(RICHMOND, Va) – Following today’s (Aug. 12, 2021) announcement by Virginia’s State Health Commissioner, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is updating its COVID-19 health mitigation measures to be compliant with the statewide public health emergency order. The State Health Commissioner Order, requiring the wearing of face masks in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status, goes into effect Aug. 12, 2021 and can be read here.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond begin their academic year on Monday, Aug. 23.
In addition to the updated mask mandate, Catholic schools in our diocese will continue to follow guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and consult as needed with health officials to protect the well-being, health and safety of students and staff.