Orange County

OCPS to require employees, visitors to wear face masks while indoors

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools employees and visitors will be required to wear a face mask while indoors, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins announced on Wednesday.

Jenkins said the mandate is effective Friday and will last for the next 30 days.

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The superintendent said all visitors who enter buildings, including volunteers, vendors, parents and guardians will be required to wear a mask.

“This extra layer of mitigation will provide some protection to employees and students as we continue to monitor community trends in consultation with medical experts,” Jenkins said. “A determination to end or extend the requirement will be made prior to the end of the 30-day period.”

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Jenkins said she encourages parents to consider using face masks for their children while inside schools and on buses.

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Watch the announcement below:

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Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.