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Florida's largest school district drops all mask mandates


November 10, 2021

Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho stands with school board members as he announces at a news conference that wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 will be optional in public schools, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Miami. The new guideline will go into effect Friday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI - Florida's largest school district is dropping all mask mandates, allowing parents in all grades to decide whether their children should wear a face covering, the superintendent announced Tuesday.

Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho made the announcement after a judge ruled last week that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his authority to allow parents to opt out of strict mandates. But rather than cite the decision, Carvalho said coronavirus cases are dropping, adding that protocols could change if cases spike again.

"On the basis of current health conditions, which are dramatically improved, effective tomorrow parents can access the parent opt-out form from any elementary or K-8 school in Miami-Dade," Carvalho said at a news conference, adding that those children can stop wearing masks to school by Friday.


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