While the Danville School Board and our superintendent recognize masking as an important strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has signed Senate Bill 739 into law, which allows parents of any child enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school, or in any school-based early childhood care and education program, to elect for such child to not wear a mask while on school property.
This bill states that no parent making such a decision be required to provide a reason or any certification of their child’s health or education status and that no student shall suffer any adverse disciplinary or academic consequences as a result of this parental decision.
In compliance with this law, parents will be able to opt-out of masking beginning March 1, 2022 by completing and returning an opt-out form found on our website www.danvillepublicschools.org or at their child’s school. However, mask wearing is still welcomed and encouraged to keep our learning environments safe for all students and staff.
In addition, masks will still be required:
- On any Danville Public Schools buses/transportation, in accordance with federal law.
- For all employees.
- For adult visitors at any of our facilities and at large gatherings or events.
At Danville Public Schools, we are so excited to be able to get back to our sports in their normal seasons! For everyone's safety we'll be taking the following precautions:
- Capacity for indoor events will be limited to 50 percent to allow for extra space.
- Any COVID related issues among athletes will be addressed immediately.
- We encourage athletes to be vaccinated.
We know that the strongest prevention strategy is vaccination. We ask that eligible staff and students consider vaccination. According to the Director of the Pittsylvania/Danville Health Departments, "Getting our children vaccinated is a critical step to protecting them from COVID-19, it will allow them to return to normal activities. With a vaccination, our children can safely stay in school, visit family and friends, travel, and take part in extracurricular activities."
How to get Vaccinated:
Register at vase.vdh.virginia.gov or call 1-877-829-4682 if you need additional assistance.
Other Vaccination options:
The Virginia Department of Health has a search tool for finding local vaccination clinics. Check the box that indicates you are seeking a COVID-19 vaccination, enter your zip code or "Danville" and click search. You can sign up for an appointment using this site.
The Danville Health Department also has limited supplies of vaccines. Call 434-766-9828 for availability.
Vaccines.gov can also find available vaccines at various locations around the city, including pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens.