Following a special meeting this afternoon, the School Board of Alachua County has voted to allow the parents/guardians of all students to opt their child out of wearing a mask in school beginning Friday, November 12. Of course, students may continue to wear masks if their families wish. www.sbac.edu/COVID19
Masks would become optional when students return from the Winter Break on January 4.
Due to federal regulations, students will still be required to wear masks on school buses.
In keeping with Florida Department of Health rule 64DER21-15, parents will also determine whether their asymptomatic child must quarantine after having close contact with a positive COVID case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend quarantines for those who have had close contact.