Volusia County to discuss school mask policy in meeting
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Changes could be made to the mask policy at schools in Volusia County, as district leaders are expected to discuss the issue at a meeting on Tuesday.
On September 1, the council voted 3-2 adopting a face covering policy that went into effect on September 7. The mandate requires students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 to wear masks until Oct. 15, although students can opt out with a grade. from a doctor.
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The board was scheduled to discuss its new mask policy last week, but the emergency meeting was called off to allow time to wait for a decision on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask warrants in schools. An appeals court has since ruled that the ban can remain in place while a lawsuit challenging the executive order makes its way through the appeal process.
The mask discussion comes after state officials threatened to halt funding for districts with face coverage policies that do not give students the option to opt out with a parental note.
At least two school districts, Alachua and Broward, suffered financial consequences as a result of mask warrants when the state’s Department of Education withheld salaries from its school boards. Orange County has also received a warning from Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran regarding his mask mandate.
Tuesday’s meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the DeLand Administration Complex at 200 N. Clara Ave. The meeting will be open to the public and anyone can also watch it online at vcsedu.org.
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