Volusia County School Board to vote on policy making masks optional

Masks could become optional in July if board approves new policy

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Volusia County School Board is moving closer to making masks optional in the classroom following a work session Tuesday where they agreed to consider the change.

The school board held a 3-hour work session Tuesday at 1 p.m. prior to the scheduled 5:30 p.m. regularly scheduled school board meeting.

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Some of the board members argued that it should be up to parents and guardians whether their children should wear face coverings. Meanwhile, other board members said if the policy is rescinded they need to have the option to make them mandatory again in case there is another surge in coronavirus cases.

Board members told school staff to draft a policy that would make face masks optional for in-person learning beginning July 1. Currently, face coverings are required at Volusia County Public Schools.

The board will vote on the matter at its June 22 meeting.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County said it is not changing its recommendations or guidelines and is sticking with the CDC.

“Unless you’re fully vaccinated, and you’re visiting with other people that are fully vaccinated we still recommend wearing and mask and physically distancing,” Ethan Johnson with the department of health said.

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