FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The College Board is offering makeup SATs at no cost for Flagler County students who didn’t wear masks during the exam after being told they didn’t need to put on a face covering.
The College Board said students are not required to retest and can also call in to opt out.
The mask incident occurred Matanzas High School on Dec. 4 after the district said school board member Janet McDonald showed up before the test to tell students masks were optional. The College Board, however, which oversees the testing site, said they are required.
“I did not speak to any students directly about masks, any student who made eye contact, I wish them well and best of success. I made sure the proctors knew there was a choice policy,” McDonald said.
McDonald said district administrators assured her that students would not have to wear masks during the exam this year but she said students came to her last week saying they were told they must wear masks.
She then decided to show up while students were checking in to speak to proctors.
“I did reach out to make sure that message was transferred to the site people and apparently it had not been,” she said.
McDonald said masks are optional in Flagler County Public Schools and Florida, which should outweigh the College Board’s requirements, and she is hoping to go through the contracts with the College Board and district.
According to the national rules of the College Board, students must wear masks during the entire test and while on site. Those who don’t can get kicked out and their scores are thrown out as well.
The College Board sent a statement sent to News 6:
“We are looking into this particular situation and will make a determination in the best interest of the students who took the test.”
It could not give a timeline as to how long this investigation could last or how long it will be before parents or students get answers.
The district spokesperson for Flagler County schools could not comment on what McDonald said or didn’t say. They did say students were given the instructions as laid out by the College Board and only one student was given special permission not to wear a mask.