Orange County schools to require face masks for students unless parents provide note opting out

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools announced Friday that they will require students to wear face masks in school unless parents send a note opting out, according to a message sent out to parents.

The policy challenges an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis preventing mask mandates for children attending school in Florida.

READ: Gov. DeSantis signs executive order against rules to make children wear masks in schools

Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said the mask requirement will be in effect for 30 days.

Read more of her message to parents below:

READ: President of Florida Education Association applauds schools adding mask mandates, defying governor

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students and employees, and after consultation with our health experts and school board members, I am implementing required face masks for all students unless the parent chooses to opt out of the requirement. Opting out means sending a simple note with your child on the first day of school such as ‘I am opting out of the face mask requirement for (child’s name)’ with your signature. The student may give the note to the teacher. This mandate is effective for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, August 10th. We will continue to monitor the situation with our local experts and make a determination about how to proceed before the 30 days have expired.”

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Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.