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Virginia’s disabled students now have the legal right to ask for masking in class

Parents of 12 immunocompromised students with disabilities file suit against mask-optional policy. Virginia state officials agree to settle the case with the plaintiffs, whose children range in age from preschool to 11th grade. Judge has not yet approved the settlement, but is almost certain to do so. The Commonwealth of Virginia will pay the families who sued $295,000. The case was filed in federal court in Charlottesville.

In March, then-Gov. Terry Youngkin issued his mask-optional order as one of his first actions in office. It was controversial, drawing lawsuits and dividing families, schools and students.