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Duval school board to hold special meeting on mask policy

School mask choices for Duval County parents
School mask choices for Duval County parents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board on Tuesday decided to have a special meeting next Monday to see if it plans on changing the school district’s mask policy in the future.

Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene said that the rolling average covid positivity rates in the community are in the “moderate level,” but the number of cases per 100,000 residents is still falling in the “high” category. Therefore, under the current policy, the district can’t lift its mask mandate.

The board wanted to have a special meeting to be transparent with the public and give people the opportunity to voice their concerns.

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This comes after several board members said they received complaints from the public about the mask mandate, especially since there has been a drop in COVID-19 cases in the community.

The school board attorney said that it would be up to Greene to decide whether to make any adjustments “using her authority.”

Some board members suggested that they use a single-prong approach where they used only the average rolling positivity rates versus a two-prong approach — average rolling positivity rates and cases per100,000 people.

About the Author:

Renee Beninate is a Florida native and award-winning reporter who joined the News4Jax team in June 2021.