School boards discuss mask mandates

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 5:46 PM EDT
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School boards in St. Lucie and Indian River counties will be discussing their school masking policies this week.

Monday, a group met in Fort Pierce to encourage stronger mask mandates.

Dr. Alejandro Miquel of Florida Community Health Centers says his group just opened up a new clinic at the Village Resource Center in Lincoln Park.

He met with the group “Faith in Florida”, and other community leaders, who would like to see parental opt-outs, eliminated.

“If that means we have to go above and beyond and err on the side of caution, that’s what we have to do,” said Dr. Miquel.

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, chair of the Broward County School Board, says despite Governor Ron DeSantis’ court victory Friday that, for now, allows him to punish school districts that require facial coverings, Broward will keep its mask mandates in place.

“We have to have mask mandates in public schools in order to minimize the impact of COVID 19 on students and staff,” said Dr. Osgood.

A spokeswoman with St. Lucie County schools says at this point, there is no plan to get rid of their parental opt-out.

About 10% of the district students do not wear masks.

Both the St. Lucie and Indian River school boards will be discussing their masking situations at meetings Tuesday.

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