Florida school district approves mask requirement with opt-out clause

By: | August 4, 2021

In a break from other Florida school districts, Duval County Public Schools will have a mask mandate — with a catch.

The Duval County School Board voted late Tuesday night to make face masks required among students unless parents or guardians opt-out with appropriate paperwork.

Adding the layer of paperwork for families who want their students to opt-out of mask wearing marks an attempted workaround to the governor’s executive order.

“Any student not wearing a mask pursuant to this policy must, through his/her/their parent or guardian, complete the opt out procedures provided by his/her/their assigned school,” the official language says.

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