Sarasota County School Board to Vote on Making Masks Optional
There are though Some Sarasota County School Board Members Who Want to Follow CDC Guidelines Making Masks Optional ONLY for Those Who Have Been Vaccinated
The Sarasota County School Board will formally end the school district's face mask mandate Today for the 2021-22 school year, and it is expected to make face masks optional for ALL students and staff.
The CDC updated its guidance for schools on July 9th and it, recommended that unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks indoors. That would include…. all children under the age of 12….. since none of the current vaccines are approved for them.
Some Sarasota County School Board Members… want the district to follow the CDC’s guidance. Which would mean, making masks optional ONLY for people (students and staff) who have been vaccinated.
If Such a change, were to take place on policy… it would require the board to re-advertise the policy in a process that takes just over 30 days. If the board did decide to ONLY allow the vaccinated to go “mask-free”… the school board could be in conflict with a new law Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed in May. That law prohibits schools, businesses and government entities from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In signing that law, Governor DeSantis said… “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected, and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision”.
The Sarasota School board's face mask requirement, that was in place for school last year, officially expired, a couple of weeks ago on June 30th.. this has meant, students and staff participating in summer school now, have been for the most part, mask-free since July 1st.
So Today, we should learn the mask policy plan for this coming school year.
Here is the contact link for The Sarasota County School Board: https://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/