Seminole County Public Schools passes face covering mandate for all students, staff members, contractors while on school property

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County Public Schools passed a face covering mandate Tuesday evening.

School leaders said all students (pre-k through grade 12), staff members, visitors and contractors must wear face coverings when on all school property.

Officials said the only exception to remove a mask is when people are socially distanced during high intensity outdoor activities and they may be removed when seated for dining.

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All students are required to wear masks when riding the bus.

Each person is expected to provide their own face mask but the district has an emergency supply of disposable masks for those who need them.

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Officials said if staff members do not comply after being reminded, they could face discipline, including termination.

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A face covering will not be required for the following individuals:

  • Anyone under the age of 2.
  • Anyone eating or drinking,
  • If it would cause impairment due to a preexisting medical condition or disability. Officials said documentation may be requested by the district before a person is excused.
  • People communicating with someone who is hearing impaired who need to see the person’s mouth to communicate.
  • Public safety, fire and other life safety issue.
  • Any person receiving health care and must remove face covering to be examined.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.