Miami, FL

No more masks: Miami's largest school district drops mask mandate

Ash Jurberg

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On the basis of current health conditions, which are dramatically improved, effective tomorrow parents can access the parent opt-out form from any elementary or K-8 school in Miami-Dade," Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

Today Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced that masks would no longer be required within his school district. Instead, from Friday, parents will have the choice over whether their child will wear a mask. If they wish for their child to wear a mask, they will be allowed to.

Superintendent Carvalho was able to make the decision after a ruling last week by a judge that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had the authority to allow parents to opt-out of mask mandates. Carvalho, who is the National and Urban Superintendent of the Year, advised that three out of four schools in the district had no coronavirus cases last week.

The Miami-Dade County School District is the largest in Florida and the fourth largest in the United States, with over 500,000 students. They had been going against the policy of the DeSantis administration, which ordered districts to allow parents to make a choice regarding masks for their children.

Soon after the announcement from Carvalho, the school board of the state’s second-largest district in Broward County also approved making masks optional.

While earlier this week, the CDC announced that children aged between 5 and 11 were eligible to get vaccinated, they are still recommending masks be worn by children attending school.

As soon as the news was announced on Twitter, there was much debate amongst Miami Twitter users. Many parents were glad at the news, while others showed concern.

Readers, do you agree with this decision? Are you glad that Gov DeSantis has remained firm on his anti-mask mandate policy? If you have children attending school within the Miami-Dade school district, will you still require them to wear a mask?

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