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Orange County School Board to Review Face Mask Policy

Orange County School Board members will hold several meetings this summer to review the face mask policy EBBA – Disease Prevention; Face Coverings for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The School Board will have a discussion with members of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County prior to final adoption of the revised policy on July 13th. See the full schedule of meeting dates below.

There will be no public input about the face mask policy at the June 1st work session. Instead, there will be a board discussion with medical advisors only. But there will no doubt be public reaction. The first chance for public input regarding the face mask policy will be June 17th.

This is clearly a hot topic in Orange County and across the country in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents can always reach out directly to their school board member before the scheduled meetings to provide their opinion and recommended solutions. According to the current policy, face coverings are required for all students, employees, visitors, vendors or any other person “at all times while at or inside a school/facility, or other property and/or vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the School Board (when there is more than one (1) person in the vehicle).”

Meeting timeline:

Tuesday, June 1st at 1 p.m. – Work Session (board discussion, with medical advisors; no public input)

Thursday, June 17th at 1 p.m. – Rule Development Workshop (with public input)

Tuesday, July 13th at 4:45 p.m. – School board meeting to vote on adoption of revised policy (with public input)

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