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Broward Schools Will Require Students To Wear Masks, Defying Gov. DeSantis

A young boy wearing a face mask and headphones sits in front of a laptop in an empty classroom with a teacher.
Emily Michot
Miami Herald
Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School teacher Attiya Batool teaches her fourth-grade class virtually as her son, Nabeel, does his second-grade classwork online wearing a mask and headphones during the first day of school in Broward, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

Broward County students will have to wear masks in schools, and parents may not be able to easily opt out, the School Board decided Tuesday.

The board voted 8-1, with Lori Alhadeff dissenting, to defy Gov. Ron DeSantis and directives from two state agencies. The board also agreed to pursue legal action challenging state rules that allow parents to ignore mask mandates for their children.

The action means the district is keeping a mask mandate that requires all students, staff and visitors to wear masks when school starts Aug. 18. The only exception will be for students with medical conditions, or requirements of an individual education plan, which are already exemptions that have been allowed for the past year.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.