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Archdiocese of Miami to require Catholic school staff and students to wear masks

Miami Shores, Florida. The Archdiocese of Miami has made an important announcement about school concealment rules, now requiring all students and staff over two years of age to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status or parental waiver.

The new policy will remain in effect for three weeks, after which it will be re-evaluated.

The diocese cites a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the three county area over the past four weeks as the reason for the change.

This comes a day after Broward County school officials voted to require all vendors and visitors to wear a mask while indoors at any school or district facility, but not require staff and students to wear a mask.

Recently passed state law prohibits public school districts from requiring students to wear a mask.

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“The governor pushed the legislature to enact a law that essentially rescinded all of our constitutional ability to oversee the safety of our students and staff,” said Broward School Board Member Patty Goode.

Miami-Dade Public School officials face the same challenges. The district announced that masks will only be required of adults and will remain optional for students.

The legislation banning the imposition of a mask does not live up to the advice of medical experts, Miami-Dade police superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Thursday. The supervisor hinted at potential legal actions that might challenge those laws.

“Let’s start with the Florida constitution and let’s explore what that really means regardless of the legislation that was recently adopted,” Carvalho said.

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