The debate over school mask mandates continued to provide, as the State Board of Education prepared to wade into the discussion with an emergency teleconference meeting at 11 a.m. today. The board is prepared to consider two rules, prepared on short notice, to tackle the masking issue. Read on for the that story and more Florida education news. • Sorry, but there won’t be a roundup on Monday. Check back Tuesday.
The board claimed a health and education emergency exists — though Gov. DeSantis has not declared one — to get its proposals on the agenda. The rules deal with vouchers for students whose parents don’t like a school’s mask rule. The idea of preventing mask mandates appears to have disappeared.
How political is the issue? Local chapters of the Democratic Party are urging their school boards to ignore the governor’s stance on masks.
The Alachua County school district imposed a two-week mask mandate this week. The County Commission followed by declaring a local state of emergency because of COVID-19, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Marion County schools have an optional policy in place. Its School Board plans to revisit the issue, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
Cases continued to surge statewide. Florida hit a new high for hospitalizations on Thursday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
In-person student numbers are growing in some spots. Bay County schools are seeing virtual enrollment down, face-to-face counts up, the Panama City News Herald reports.
Teachers want protections. The Orange County teachers union declared impasse in negotiations over health and safety provisions in their contract, WKMG reports.
Other school news
‘You miss the hugs.’ Polk County teachers returned to their classrooms, some for the first time in more than a year, the Ledger reports.
Have a great business idea? A Lake County high school is starting a new entrepreneurship program, the Daily Commercial reports.
The Volusia County school district is revising its policies for dealing with students with autism. A federal investigation into complaints against the district prompted the changes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Save a life. Florida high school students now must learn first aid and CPR in order to graduate, WJXT reports.
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