Here’s a list of safety protocol changes proposed for Seminole County schools next year

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Seminole County School Board and its re-opening task force met Tuesday about what changes they could make to pandemic safety protocols going forward.

Here’s what the task force is recommending so far:

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  • The task force is recommending that mask use not be required in most situations, especially when it comes to those students and staff who are vaccinated. They are still recommending mask use for those who are unvaccinated.
  • Social distancing among students and staff inside Seminole County schools next year will still be monitored at 3 feet apart when feasible.
  • Seating charts will remain and signage will still be present in certain areas, but plastic dividers in the classroom will be gone.
  • Mandatory mask wearing on a school bus is still up in the air, but the district would continue to provide the same cleaning and disinfecting services on buses and in the classroom.
  • During the pandemic, in order to help keep students in one place longer to prevent exposure to the virus, all Seminole County schools used block scheduling instead of changing classes throughout a seven period day. Next year, if approved by the board, administrators at each school can decide if they want to return to a traditional bell schedule.

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The board will take all of the recommendations under consideration and will vote on whether to approve them on June 22.

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