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Broward school board votes to require masks when school starts

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A protective face mask sits on the podium as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Urban League of Broward County, during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Broward County school board voted yesterday to require students, faculty and staff to all wear masks when classes start August 18th. It’s the first of the five South Florida school districts to require masks. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned municipalities from issuing mask mandates.

From Disney to Palm Beach to Boynton Beach to Delray Beach, indoor mask mandates are being reinstated, so for simplicity, take a mask with you always…just in case.

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With the growing concern over the Delta variant, the possibility of another mask mandate in South Florida public schools is increasing to parents’ chagrin.

The School Board of Broward County postponed the decision Tuesday on the use of face masks in classrooms at Broward County Schools, but members were likely to vote on the issue Wednesday afternoon.

As the issue was being discussed, Rosalind Osgood, the school board chair, said she supports the face mask mandate.

The first day of school in Broward is Aug. 18.

“There is no way in good conscience that I could bring anybody back into the school environment, on the bus, the cafeteria, and not have a mask mandate,” Osgood said.

Given the new evidence on the Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people to recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Broward County Steve Geller said the number of COVID-19 cases has been roughly doubling every nine days.