Orange County teachers union pushes for mandatory mask mandate

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association is calling on the school board to bring back a mandatory mask mandate.

The union met in front of district headquarters on Monday. A group gathered with the teacher’s association, asking the board to do what they consider absolutely necessary at this point with the number of cases being recorded throughout the district.

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Since Aug. 3, when preplanning began for teachers, there have been 1,801 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the schools.

The union said that number is far higher than what it was seeing last year.

There is now a mask mandate district wide that states all employees and visitors must wear one. Students are required too, but parents can opt out.

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The mandate started Aug. 10 and will be in effect for 30 days. The district said it’s going to monitor trends during that time.

The school board could discuss the issue tomorrow during their regularly scheduled meeting.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.