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School Board Approves Changes to Face Covering Requirements and Upholds Current COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols

Watch Press Conference : School Board Approves Changes to Face Covering Requirements

The safety of students and staff are the highest priorities of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The District remains vigilant in monitoring local COVID-19 data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and local public health experts to inform the District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Based on changes in local COVID-19 conditions, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, The School Board of Broward County, Florida revisited its Face Covering Policy and approved the following starting Monday, November 1.

  • High schools and technical colleges: The use of face coverings will be strongly encouraged for students, staff, visitors and vendors. A formal opt out process is not required.
  • Elementary schools, middle schools, K-6 schools and/or centers, pre-K–8 schools and/or centers, and pre-K–12 schools and/or centers: The current Face Covering Policy requirements mandating masks for students, staff, visitors and vendors remains in effect – unless students have a medical exception per the current Face Covering Policy.
  • Pre-K programs located on high school/alternative high school campuses: Facial coverings are required for students and staff participating in the program – unless students have a medical exception based on the current Face Covering Policy.
  • District sites (employees who are not school-based): Facial coverings are strongly encouraged. When any District employee visits a school and/or center, the individual must follow the facial covering requirements of that campus.

In addition, the School Board approved maintaining its current COVID-19 quarantine protocols.


Following the School Board’s decisions, School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood and BCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright discussed the changes. Watch the video at