Florida school district backpedals on mask mandate after governor says he’ll cut funds

Broward County Public Schools backtracked on its mask mandate Monday, saying the district would comply with the governor’s executive order that prevents schools from requiring facial coverings.

“Broward County Public Schools intends to comply with the Governor’s latest Executive Order,’’ the district said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Last Wednesday, the nine-member Broward School Board unanimously voted to require masks for all students, teachers, staff and visitors at its schools after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on the same day that all students, teachers, staff and visitors should wear masks inside K-12 schools, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. The first day of school for Broward public schools is Aug. 18.

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