Orange County Public Schools enacts new security protocols, mask mandate for board meetings

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools has implemented a new security screening protocol for people attending school board meetings.

Effective immediately, no bags, purses, or backpacks will be allowed at the meetings, with exceptions for clear bags and baby bags.

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Other types of bags may be approved, but they will be searched.

Any adult attending a school board meeting will also be required to wear a face mask. Children won’t be required to wear masks if their parent or guardian prefers.

Meeting attendees and OCPS employees who don’t have access to the boardroom will have to enter through metal detectors. Anyone who sets off the walk-through metal detector will be subject to a wand search as well.

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OCPS says the changes are meant to improve security in all their buildings.

The district has also implemented a mask requirement for students on its campuses with the option to opt out with a note.