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Deal Could Make Disabled Students’ Classmates Wear Masks

Disabled students can request that their peers be required to wear masks in class in 12 Virginia schools under the terms of a settlement agreement to a federal lawsuit. Parents at those 12 schools filed suit in February to challenge an executive order from Gov. Glenn Youngkin as well as a new state law giving parents the right to exempt their children from mask mandates. Under the settlement, families of the disabled students can request that classmates wear masks; the schools are then supposed to undertake a review to see whether classmate masks are required or if concerns can be addressed through other measures like social distancing. A judge in Charlottesville must still sign off on the agreement.