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2 of Florida’s largest school districts easing up on their masks requirement

Orlando, Florida – This week, two of Florida’s largest school districts are easing up on their masks requirement this week.
Orange County students can stop wearing face masks if their parents provide a note opting them out, starting Monday.
High school students in Broward County can choose to wear a mask starting Monday, and it’s strongly encouraged, but it will still be mandatory for middle and elementary school students.
60-day mask mandate Orange County Public Schools expired Saturday.
According to Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, it would not be extended in part because of the “significant reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County.”
According to Jenkins, the district’s employees, parents, and visitors must still wear face masks in schools, a mandate likely to remain in place until Dec. 3.
In Broward County, board members said mask mandates and current quarantine policies should stay in place for the lower grades until a coronavirus vaccine is widely available for children ages 5 through 11. The vaccine already is available to children 12 years and older.
“I don’t think it’s a very fair situation to put our young ones and their families at risk,” said Nora Rupert, according to the Miami Herald.
Eight school districts have defied Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order that only parents should decide if their children wear masks, not school district officials. The state has levied fines against Broward and Alachua counties’ school districts equivalent to the annual salaries of the school board members who voted for mask mandates.
In response, the Biden administration has sent $420,957 to Broward County Public Schools and $148,000 to Alachua County Public Schools to offset the fines.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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