Parents Protest Vaccine Mandate on Student Athletes in Loudoun County

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.—At another contentious school board meeting on Sept. 14, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) parents protested the county’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all student-athletes participating in the Virginia High School League winter and spring sports. The mandate was announced on Aug. 31 by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Ziegler. The requirement would take effect on Nov. 8, after which unvaccinated student-athletes would be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests. The vaccination requirement is a new addition to LCPS parents’ frustration. Parents have still yet to get the town hall they asked of the school board. For months, they have criticized the school board during public comment at the bi-weekly board meetings. Seventy members of the public signed up to speak in person at the Sept. 14 school board meeting. The participation was not at the same level as June (over 250) and August (about 120), but still a …

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