Mask Mandate Officially Over, No Opt-Out Letter Required.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The mask requirement is officially no more in Palm Beach County School District schools. The mandate ends now. Schools are closed for Thanksgiving until next Monday. When students return, they will be requested — but not required — to continue to mask-up. But those who choose not to wear a mask will face no consequences. An “opt-out” letter is no longer needed.
This is the official letter sent to parents and students by the Palm Beach County School District:
“Effective immediately, facial coverings are no longer mandatory for students on School District property. The District has transitioned from an opt-out to an optional status as the result of legislation signed today by Governor Ron DeSantis. Opt-out forms are no longer required for students whose parents or guardians would prefer that they do not wear a facial covering. While facial coverings are now optional, the District strongly encourages that they are worn, particularly in situations in which social distancing is not possible.
Facial coverings are also optional, but strongly encouraged, for District employees and visitors.
Superintendent Mike Burke, and School Board members, extend their gratitude to our students, staff, and visitors for cooperating in all of the protective measures put in place to mitigate the transmission of the virus and help Palm Beach County get to this point of recovery.”
The positivity rate continues to decline in Palm Beach County.
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