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Miami-Dade Schools to require masks for all adults and 'strongly recommend' them for students

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho holds up a mask at a press conference while the teachers union president watches.
Carl Juste
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Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho holds up a mask at a press conference in September, 2021, while United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernández-Mats looks on.

When classes resume Monday following a two-week winter break, all adults, including teachers, entering Miami-Dade schools will be required to wear masks, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced Thursday.

Students, however, will be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks while indoors, he said. Recent legislation that Gov. DeSantis signed into law in November prevents the district from imposing a mask mandate for students, he said.

“It’s clear that the increase in cases is mainly driven by the highly contagious omicron variant,” Carvalho said outside the school district offices. “We are forced to do what we’ve done for a long period of time, which is embrace protective protocols” for the well-being of our students and workforce.

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