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Broward School Board Amends Face Covering Policy for Vendors and Visitors • Coral Springs Talk

Written by Sharon Aaron Baron

The Broward County School Board voted on December 31 to amend the policy and require vendors and visitors to wear face coverings while indoors at any school district, facility or vehicle beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.

According to the media statement from Baltimore County Public Schools, students, although not required to wear face coverings due to recent state law, and staff are strongly encouraged to do so.

Given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, the School Board discussed Policy 2170.

A new state law that went into effect on November 18, 2021, does not allow school districts to require face coverings for students or for school districts to use the “opt out” clause.

In addition, students may not be separated based on the use of face coverings. School districts are unable to provide intermittent virtual school options to students due to the Florida Department of Education’s emergency orders expiring last summer.

“We are grateful to our parents, guardians, and caregivers for their strong interest and support in sending their children to school next week with a face covering. We are also grateful to our employees for wearing face coverings while working,” said Broward County Public Schools interim superintendent Dr. Vicki L. Cartwright.

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She added that the district will continue to take the advice of local health officials and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it evaluates and adjusts health and safety protocols for COVID-19. “Baltimore County Public Schools will continue to work with our partners to help our students, with parental permission, and staff access vaccines and tests.”

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Talk Media Editor and Writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide news, viewing, and entertainment to residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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