Orange County Public Schools will stop requiring students to wear masks next month.
Though the school district is currently locked in a legal battle with the state over their decision to implement mask mandates amid a startling COVID-19 spike in county schools, the school board appears ready to let their mandate end. The district sent out a notification on Monday that their final meeting of October would not include a proposal to extend the mask mandate.
"Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled school board meeting does NOT have the topic of mask requirements on the agenda," OCPS' Michael Ollendorff wrote in a statement. "Our current mask requirement remains in place until Oct. 30."
The release came as Orange County Democrats and the group Mask Up OCPS were holding a protest outside the school district's administration building on Monday morning. Orlando Weekly has reached out to the speakers at that rally as well as the organizations' leadership for comment.
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