Some schools in south Florida would see mask mandate being eased at the end of the month as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue a downward trend, ABC News reported.
The number of students, who needed quarantine in Miami-Dade County public schools has come down sharply since the school started in August, said Alberto Carvalho, school superintendent, on Wednesday.
“The decision would be taken on advice of the task force made up of local doctors advising the district and latest COVID-19 data,” he said.
As mask policy is eased it would give parents opt-out provision for their kids.
In Miami, opt-out was the original back-to-school plan but the delta variant of covid-19 spread and caused a spike in cases across Florida causing deaths and increased hospitalizations.
The district, the largest in the state, and a handful of other districts, which represent nearly half of public students in the state of Florida, came together to adopt mask mandate with an opt-out option only to be exercised for medical reasons.
Schools Defy Governor DeSantis
This went against the order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had ordered schools to let parents decide whether their children wore masks to school. Last week, less than 1,000 students out of 33,000 in the Miami-Dade school district were required to quarantine, the lowest figure till now, said Carvalho.
“This can be attributed to protocols being strictly followed, which include quarantine policies and mask mandates,” he said.
The issue of mask mandate landed in court as the state started imposing fines on those districts which defied the state, which wanted to junk mask mandate.
Fines included docking salaries of school board members who voted in favour of imposing mask mandates in schools.