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Mask mandates in FL continue to shift as COVID cases decline

By: - October 27, 2021 5:32 pm

Photo of schoolchildren, Reopening Miami-Dade County schools. Credit: Miami-Dade County Public Schools website.

As COVID cases go down, several school districts that had been strict about mask mandates are now loosening their policies. Eight districts have been at the center of the controversy over requiring masks at public schools.

Here’s what these eight districts are doing with their mask policies:

  • Alachua: As of Oct. 19, high school students can opt out of masks if a parent signs a form, the district website says. Masks are still required for kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Broward: Starting Monday, the mask requirement will be lifted for high school in the South Florida district, CBS Miami reports, although masks will be strongly recommended.
  • Brevard: Citing low COVID cases within the county, the Brevard school district now allows students to opt out of the mask requirement through a form signed by their parent, according to the district website.
  • Duval: Mask mandate in place for all students, unless they have have medical reason to opt-out, according to the district website.
  • Leon: Masks are required; however, parents can opt their child out by signing a form. It’s not yet clear whether the state has penalized the district.
  • Miami-Dade: Mask mandate in place for all students, unless they have have medical reason to opt-out. The Miami-Herald reports that the South Florida district may soon loosen the policy.
  • Orange: Masks are required for all students absent a medical concern, according to a communication staffer from the district. However, the policy is set to expire Saturday.
  • Palm Beach: Mask mandate in place for all students, unless they have have medical reason to opt-out, according to a communications staffer with the district.

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Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.