Just days before the new school year Central Florida's largest school district has announced a mandatory face mask policy for employees, vendors and visitors. Orange County Superintendant Barbara Jenkins says it takes effect Friday and will last for 30 days and then be re-evaluated--
"This extra layer of mitigation will provide some protection to employees and students as we continue to monitor community trends," Dr. Jenkins said, "in consultation with medical experts."
Jenkins says the policy does not include students but she's strongly recommending parents send their children to school with a mask when school begins next Tuesday.
Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order prohibiting school districts from enacting mask mandates for students to 'protect the rights of parents.'
More than 200,000 students will return to school in Orange County next week along with over 24,000 workers.
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