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High school, middle school students allowed to opt out of mask mandate in Miami

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High school and middle school students will now be able to opt out of the COVID mask mandate in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools made the announcement in a press release on Monday stating:

“High school and middle school students in traditional middle schools, as well as employees in those schools and non-school sites, will be able to opt-out of wearing facial coverings,” the district said.

Parents who want to opt their children out of the mask mandate must sign and opt out form and send it back to their child’s school.

According to the release, opt out forms can be found at the student’s prospective schools.

While the district has decided to relax it’s rules regarding masks, they also said that they will “follow science, consult with medical experts, and review its procedures on a weekly basis.”

If there is a resurgence of positive COVID cases, the district says they will revert back to stricter guidelines.

Broward County Public Schools was said to have dropped their mask mandate last week.