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Broward school board decides to make face masks optional at high schools

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FILE – A man leaves a convenience store while wearing a required face mask in Houston, in this Thursday, June 25, 2020, file photo. Although nearly a fifth of U.S. states don’t require people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, some businesses are requiring employees and customers to be masked on their premises. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

School Board of Broward County members voted 5-3 on Tuesday to make the use of face masks optional at public high schools starting Monday.

The school board will “strongly encourage” high school students to wear face masks on campus, but parents will be able to follow an opt-out process.

The universal indoor face mask mandate will remain in place for middle schools and elementary schools.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on July 30th to ban face masks mandates.

The Broward school board voted in favor of a face mask mandate on Aug. 12 and started to enforce it on Aug. 18.