Volusia County school leaders to discuss mask mandate during emergency meeting

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County is one of 13 Florida school districts to have implemented a mandatory mask mandate.

It was considered a controversial move since Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order saying the district couldn’t do that. A judge later ruled the order unconstitutional.

Photos: Volusia Public Schools mask mandate debate

After hearing DeSantis filed an appeal to the ruling, Volusia County school board members now have an emergency meeting planned for Thursday evening to discuss the issue again.

Parents we spoke to are split on a mandatory mask mandate.

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“It just felt like they don’t trust us to make those choices for our own kids, so it made a lot of parents very angry,” said Rebecca Sarwi.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Kiana Figueroa. “The first two weeks just started and four people here already caught COVID.”

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No matter their opinion right now, all Volusia county students must wear a mask on campus unless they have a note from their doctor.

School board members will talk about the grace period during a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.