RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Public Schools announced Wednesday that all students and staff will be required to wear a mask in schools next year. This announcement came just hours after the state released new guidance for schools, putting the power in their hands of local school districts.

“We will be maintaining our 100% mask-wearing policy for all students, staff, and visitors,” Jason Kamras said in a letter to families. “We feel this is the safest course of action, particularly with the surging Delta variant.”

The letter went on to encourage everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated.

8News reached out to Henrico and Chesterfield County Schools. Both districts say they are currently reviewing the new guidance and monitoring the data.

It’s an important topic on the minds of our employees, students and families. We’re beginning to take a close look at the new guidance. It’s important for us to be thoughtful and careful in our approach to school health this fall. We’ll continue the dialogue with our partners at the Virginia Department of Health as we finalize our previously shared plans for five days a week of full-length in-person learning this September.”

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