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Broward School District Backpedals On Mask Mandate After DeSantis Says He’ll Cut Funds

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MATIAS J. OCNER
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The Miami Herald
Anti-mask protesters gather outside of the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a Broward County Public Schools board meeting is held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The meeting discussed COVID-19 safety precautions, and the School Board decided that students will be wearing masks when school starts next month.

Broward County Public Schools backtracked on its mask mandate Monday, saying the district would comply with the governor’s executive order that prevents schools from requiring facial coverings.

“Broward County Public Schools intends to comply with the Governor’s latest Executive Order,’’ the district said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Last Wednesday, the nine-member Broward School Board unanimously voted to require masks for all students, teachers, staff and visitors at its schools after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on the same day that all students, teachers, staff and visitors should wear masks inside K-12 schools, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. The first day of school for Broward public schools is Aug. 18.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.