Brevard Public Schools face tight deadline to show state its mask mandate is in compliance

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. — Brevard Public Schools’ recently adopted 30-day mask mandate has already sparked protests.

Late Friday, the Florida Department of Education sent a letter to Superintendent Mark Mullins and School Board Chair Misty Belford.

The letter references a Florida Department of Health Emergency rule and states any mandated mask policy imposed by a district or school must allow for a parent or guardian to opt out. It also does not require parents to submit medical documentation.

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The deadline to provide a response on how the district is in compliance is Wednesday.

Belford said she believes the Department of Education will find that Brevard Public Schools is in compliance.

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She said the school district has about seven different exemptions in the policy, including medical and mental health exemptions.

But Rep. Randy Fine said he still believes the district is violating parents’ rights.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.