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Here’s how to track today’s Pinellas School Board discussion on masks

The Pinellas school district does not livestream its board workshops, but you can follow the highly anticipated meeting on Twitter.
Pinellas School Board chairperson Carol Cook presides over a recent meeting. Monday's board meeting on the topic of masks will not be livestreamed.
Pinellas School Board chairperson Carol Cook presides over a recent meeting. Monday's board meeting on the topic of masks will not be livestreamed. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times (2020) ]
Published Aug. 9, 2021|Updated Aug. 9, 2021

UPDATE: Members of the Pinellas County School Board reached a consensus during their workshop Monday to leave the district’s COVID-19 protocols unchanged for the start of the school year on Wednesday. Masks will be “strongly recommended but not required” for students and staff. Read the full story here.

The Pinellas County School Board meets at 1 p.m. today to discuss the district’s protocols regarding masks when classes start Wednesday, but it will be difficult for most families find out what’s happening in real time.

Unlike neighboring Hillsborough County and a number of other districts in Florida, the Pinellas district does not livestream its School Board workshops. And access is more limited than usual because of COVID-19 restrictions, which allow only a small number of people in the board’s meeting room.

For those who want to track the board’s discussion as it happens, Tampa Bay Times education reporter Marlene Sokol will be live-tweeting the meeting. Find her feed at @Marlenesokol.

The board was still meeting as of 4:15 p.m.

To help you follow along, here is the revised version of the school district’s COVID-19 practices and protocols, updated Friday.

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