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Updated Guidance on Face Coverings

Please note the following information on guidance and requirements for face coverings in PWCS buildings and on PWCS grounds:

  • PWCS student athletes participating in spring sports will no longer be required to wear face coverings while playing; they will be required to wear them while on the sideline. Spectators must also continue to wear face coverings. 
  • Governor Ralph Northam amended Executive Order Seventy-Two to adopt new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on face covering use in outdoor settings. 
    • Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events, and graduation ceremonies.
  • The Governor also revised Executive Order Seventy-Two to allow up to 1,000 spectators for outdoor recreational sports, effective immediately. This change advances by two weeks a change that was scheduled to go into effect on May 15 and will allow additional spectators to participate in final games of the current high school sports season and the summer sports season.
  • The Governor’s Executive order did not make changes to face covering protocols for students and staff during recess or outdoor activities on school grounds, and PWCS guidelines remain consistent with today’s executive order:  
    • Masks Required – Outdoors: All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a mask, as described and recommended by the CDC, when outdoors and unable to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from other individuals who are not Family members as defined in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2.

Face coverings are still required for all staff and students the majority of the school day to include: in hallways between classes, common areas, school grounds, classrooms, and on school buses.

Author: Michael Payne   E-Mail:

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