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School District of Palm Beach County decides to move up date for optional masks mandate

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Adam Shallbetter, who is going into kindergarten, poses as his mother takes a photograph, after arriving at Whittier Elementary School Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Kids in Salt Lake City are headed back to school Tuesday wearing masks after the mayor issued a mandate order despite heavy restrictions on mask mandates imposed by the GOP-dominated Legislature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The School District of Palm Beach County will be pushed back on Monday, with parents having the ability to opt their child out of wearing mask in school.

The decision is happening a week earlier than expected, after a judge dismissed a challenge to ban on Florida school mask mandates from several school districts.

Administrative Judge Brian A. Newman rejected the case from school officials in Miami-Dade, Broward, Leon, Duval, Orange and Alachua counties, finding that the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis was within it’s authority to impose the rule.

Last month, the state began deducting an amount equal to a month’s pay from school board members in counties that defied the mask mandate ban.

The U.S. Department of Education has filed it’s own request at the federal level to block Florida from withholding
funding from Alachua and Broward.

The school districts on Friday filed a notion to appeal Newman’s ruling.

The parental opt-out will start on Monday, instead of the original date that was set for Nov. 15.