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On Saturday, Glenn Youngkin took the oath as Virginia's 74th governor — and the Republican was not slow to fulfill some campaign promises.
The same day, Youngkin signed an executive order to create an opt-out for school mask mandates.
The order, which took effect on Monday, says parents of children in K-12 schools and early child care programs can choose whether their children wear masks in school.
The order has been met with both passionate approval and criticism from Virginians.
Youngkin's supporters appreciate his efforts to uphold parents' choice in their children's education.
Meanwhile, Youngkin already faces a lawsuit over the order. On Tuesday, a group of parents in Chesapeake Public Schools sued Youngkin and his administration members in the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Additionally, some school districts have chosen to continue to enforce a mask mandate in their counties.
As the commonwealth grapples with the order, Accomack and Northampton county schools have decided how the order will impact Eastern Shore students.
Both Eastern Shore counties voted red in the 2021 election. Youngkin received 61.08% of the vote in Accomack County and 50.34% in Northampton County.
During Tuesday's board meeting, the Accomack County Board of Education decided to continue the mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors in all school buildings "due to COVID health concerns."
The mandate will stay into effect "until further notice," according to a statement from Superintendent Chris Holland.
The board cited Senate Bill 1303, which allows school boards to provide in-person instruction in the way they see best fit to reduce coronavirus transmission.
Accomack County currently reports a high level of coronavirus transmission, according to the New York Times.
On Sunday, Northampton County schools said on Facebook that the district "will continue its mask mandate pending further action from the school board."
The school board's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room.
Northampton County also reports a high level of coronavirus transmission, according to the New York Times.
Maddie Aiken covers education for Delmarva Now/The Daily Times. Have a story tip or idea? Send it her way at email@example.com or on Twitter @madsaiken.
This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Virginia Eastern Shore schools respond to Gov Youngkin's mask opt-out