Brevard School Board votes to reinstate mask mandate

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — After nearly five hours of public comments and discussion, the Brevard County School Board voted 3-2 Monday to reinstate a mask mandate for the district.

Effective immediately, the policy will be in place for 30 days. The board would have to vote again to extend it beyond that.

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The school board voted earlier this month to make masks optional.

A judge’s order announced Friday freed school districts up to impose mask mandates, ruling that Governor Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by ordering a statewide ban on such policies.

On Friday, the school district reported more than 780 COVID-19 cases and 4,000 quarantines.

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The highly contagious delta variant led to an acceleration in cases around Florida and record high hospitalizations just as schools prepared to reopen classrooms this month.

About 6 in 10 Americans say students and teachers should be required to wear face masks while in school, according to a poll conducted this month by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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