Florida Education Commissioner asks districts to make face masks voluntary next school year

Richard Corcoran said face masks inhibit peer-to-peer learning

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is asking school districts to make mandatory face mask policies voluntary for the next school year.

The request amid the coronavirus pandemic was sent in a memo to each superintendent in the state.

“The data shows us that districts’ face covering policies do not impact the spread of the virus,” Corcoran wrote.

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Corcoran said face masks are a personal decision.

“Broad sweeping mandatory face covering policies serve no remaining good at this point in our schools,” Corcoran said.

Stephanie Fuller, whose daughter is a freshman at Lake Mary High School, told News 6 she thought it was a bad idea and that her daughter will continue to wear a mask until the risk is lessened.

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