College Board investigating Flagler County SAT tests due to mask incident


FLAGLER COUNTY, FL – SAT scores of some Flagler County students could be compromised if they did not wear masks during the test after a board member introduced himself saying they did not need to put on a face cover.

The district said school board member Janet McDonald showed up before the test started last Saturday to make sure the masks were optional, but the College Board that oversees the testing site said they were mandatory.

“I have not spoken directly to any student about the masks, any student who has made eye contact, I wish them good luck and the best of success. I made sure the supervisors knew there was a policy of choice, ”said McDonald.

McDonald said district administrators assured her students won’t have to wear masks during the exam this year, but she said students came to see her last week to tell her they have to. wear masks.

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She said she showed up at Matanzas High School while the students were checking in to speak to the supervisors.

“I contacted to make sure the message was passed on to the people at the site and apparently it wasn’t,” she said.

McDonald’s said masks are optional at public schools in Flagler County and Florida, which should trump College Board requirements. She said she hoped to make the contracts with the board of directors and the district.

According to national rules of the College Board, students must wear masks for the duration of the test and on site. Those who fail to do so may be kicked out and their scores are also dismissed.

The College Board sent a statement to News 6:

“We are looking into this particular situation and will make a decision in the best interests of the students who took the test.”

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He couldn’t give a timeline as to how long this survey might last or how long it will take before parents or students get answers.

The district spokesperson for Flagler County Schools could not comment on what McDonald said or did not say. They said the students were given the instructions set out by the College Board and only one student was given special permission not to wear a mask.

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