LIVE: Indian River County School Board continues mask mandate debate

LIVE: Indian River County School Board continues mask mandate debate

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The Indian River County School Board is picking up its discussion on Thursday over whether to change face mask requirements in schools.

This is such a hot button issue that school board members met until midnight Tuesday and still needed to continue their discussion.

Thursday's school board meeting is scheduled to go until 1 p.m. If no decision is reached, another meeting may need to be scheduled.

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On Tuesday, school board memeber listened to hours of public comment from people on both sides of the issue. Parents, teachers, students, and bus drivers were among those who spoke out. Some wanted to relax mask rules at schools, while others wanted things to stay the same.

More than 260 people submitted emails to be read as public comment. Board members are reading those emails at Thursday's meeting, and afterward, they'll begin discussing the issue.

The president of the Indian River County teachers' union said the majority of teachers support keeping the mask mandate in place.

Because of the ongoing discussion, the School District of Indian River County said it's extending the deadline for parents to change their child’s mode of instruction until a day after the board reaches a decision on the mask mandate.

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