Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is telling school districts that currently have mask mandates to make what national health leaders consider protection, voluntary when the school year begins come fall.
Corcoran said after a thorough review, the data shows districts’ face-covering policies do not impact the spread of the virus.
He wrote in his letter Florida’s superintendents.
“Upon reviewing the policies of those districts with mandatory face-covering policies, reviewing all districts relevant health data, and factoring in such data points as the percentage of students learning in-person and the relative population of a county (which is often synonymous with a county’s community health resources), the data shows us that districts’ face-covering policies do not impact the spread of the virus.”
Corcoran is telling superintendents that one-size-fits-all policies do not meet the unique needs of students and families.
Corcoran said after looking at policies of districts with face-covering mandates, all districts’ health data, and in-person learning versus county population, the Florida Department of Education does not feel masks are necessary.
He also said face-covering policies inhibit peer-to-peer learning …
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