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Miami-Dade school district relaxes mask policy for middle and high school students

Miami Herald Carvalho classroom thumbs up first day 10_5_20.jpeg
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald
Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho talks to kindergarten students during the first day back at school at Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy in Doral on Oct. 5. Schools reopened for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and for students with disabilities on a modified curriculum who have opted for in-person learning.

Parents of Miami-Dade County public high school and middle school students can opt their children out of the district’s mask mandate.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho made the announcement at a press conference in downtown Miami Monday afternoon. It is effective immediately.

Elementary school students and students in kindergarten through eighth-grade schools are not subject to the protocol relaxation, but they could be within weeks if COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to plummet in South Florida, Carvalho said.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.