Masks to be optional for everyone at Orange County schools

Latest move made after DeSantis signed anti-vaccine mandate bills into laws

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Masks will be optional for everyone at Orange County Public Schools, according to the district.

Students no longer need an opt-out form from a parent to not wear a mask in class, according to school officials.

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The district said the latest move was made after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed anti-vaccine mandate bills into law.

OCPS families, as a result of the passage of a new law this week in Tallahassee, masks will now be optional for students...

Posted by Orange County Public Schools on Thursday, November 18, 2021

OCPS officials said teachers and staff will no longer monitor face mask compliance.

On Nov. 29, masks will be optional for all adults on OCPS property, according to school officials.

The latest weekly positivity rate for the coronavirus in Florida was listed at 2.5%, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Health officials say 69% of people 5 and older are vaccinated in Orange County.

The district reminded everyone to check for future COVID-19 vaccine events.

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