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

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