A Florida school board voted Wednesday to require all students and faculty to wear masks inside schools for the fall semester, a policy at odds with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stance against making face covers compulsory.
Broward County Public Schools decided to require masks during the fall semester following updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks inside in regions where the virus is proliferating.
School board member Lori Alhadeff said she wanted to make the semester “as normal as possible” and originally supported making masks optional, but she changed her mind due to the rising cases of COVID-19 resulting from the highly transmissible delta variant, according to WLRN-TV.
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DeSantis has been vehement in his opposition to policies requiring masks among residents.
“Our view is that this should absolutely not be imposed. It should not be mandated,” the governor said during a COVID-19 roundtable meeting on Monday.
Citing the continued discussion about federal mask mandates in schools, DeSantis added on Monday that the Florida Legislature is geared to hold a special session to “provide protections for parents and kids who ju… (Read more)