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U.S. school masks debate erupts anew weeks before classes resume


August 2, 2021

A protester who is against the school mask mandate, enacted to help slow the spread of COVID-19, stands outside with a sign at a Hillsborough County School Board meeting in Tampa, Florida, U.S. May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo

July 29 (Reuters) - In pandemic-pummeled Florida, angry parents clashed with Broward County school board members this week over whether their children will be forced to wear masks in class. In South Carolina, school officials reminded parents that state lawmakers have barred mask mandates.

In states such as North Carolina and Alabama, some public school districts announced they will require face coverings for students even as neighboring counties told parents masks will remain optional.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision on Tuesday to reverse course and recommend that all students and staff wear masks in school regardless of vaccination status has caused fresh confusion and frustration among parents, educators and officials just weeks before many states start the new school year with in-person learning.


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