OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The Osceola County school board decided Tuesday to make masks optional for all students, parents and employees in district buildings starting July 1.
Masks will remain mandatory for everyone until July 1, according to the district. The board may readdress the issue again prior to July 1 if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxes its mask guidance further ahead of July, according to the district’s public information officer.
While masks will become optional at district buildings, they will still be required on school buses. The district said this is in accordance with the CDC guidance for public transportation.
Marion County has voted to make masks optional for summer school, but school leaders there are still waiting to decide whether that will apply to the 2021-2022 school year.
Volusia County school leaders are set to vote on a plan to make masks optional on June 14.
Orange County school leaders have drafted a proposal that would make masks voluntary for the upcoming school year. The proposed policy is set to be presented during a Rule Development Workshop on June 17 with public input, according to the district, and then a vote by the school board and final policy adoption will take place at the July 13 school board meeting with public comment.