Fairfax teachers union head reportedly says high COVID numbers are ‘good news’ because masks will be required

Laurel Duggan, DCNF

Kimberly Adams, president of the Fairfax Education Association, reportedly celebrated high COVID-19 transmission rates because it meant schools could continue to force children to wear masks, according to a Facebook post shared by the Fairfax County Parents Association (FCPA).

“Well the new ‘plan’ is out,” the union leader reportedly said in a Feb. 10 post to the Fairfax Teachers and Staff Facebook Group, according to screenshots shared by the FCPA. “But the ‘good news’ is it doesn’t look like we’re anywhere close to moderate or low transmission rates.”

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) released a plan Thursday to eventually roll back mandatory masking when community transmission rates are below the “high” or “substantial” thresholds. FCPS still requires universal masking in schools and has been fighting a legal battle against Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order banning mask mandates.

Adams also advocated against a bill requiring schools to offer in-person teaching at the state capitol Feb. 11. “Here in Richmond with the #VEA [Virginia Education Association] to stand up against SB739, a bill that seeks to remove local control around masking in our schools. #UnionStrong,” she commented on Twitter.

A media representative for Fairfax County Public Schools responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment but did not comment on Adams’ post or clarify when the district expects COVID-19 transmission to drop to low or moderate levels so that masks would become optional.

Adams did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment.

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