On Monday, January 24, 2022, Pizer Law filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the parents who sued Governor Youngkin in Castillo v. Youngkin. This case challenges Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order that requires schools to allow any student to opt out of universal masking requirements for any reason or no reason at all. Amici are parents of a child with leukemia who is immunocompromised and would be harmed if universal masking is not maintained in his school, without opt-outs.
In our brief, we argue that the Executive Order violates state law, federal law and the Virginia Constitution. It is contrary to public health guidance. We ask the Supreme Court to void the Executive Order so schools can implement the universal masking that immunocompromised children need to attend school safely.
I’m very proud to stand up for the rights of children with serious medical conditions who need universal masking in schools. The Governor of Virginia did not listen to these parents. I hope the Supreme Court of Virginia will.