BY JENNIFER CABRERA
In defiance of the emergency rule released yesterday by the Florida Department of Health, Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has let parents know that a physician’s signature is still required to opt out of their school mask requirement.
The rule specifically states that students “may wear masks or facial coverings as a mitigation measure; however, the school must allow for a parent or legal guardian of the student to opt-out the student from wearing a face covering or mask.”
In response, ACPS sent out an email to families reminding them that the “mask requirement for students will remain in effect for the first two weeks of school and for all adults on ACPS property through September 17.” The email says families have two ways to opt out of the mask requirement: 1) Applying for a Florida Hope Scholarship to attend a private school or a school in a different district; and 2) Submitting the Student Mask Opt-Out Medical Exemption form, which “must be signed by a licensed medical doctor, a licensed osteopathic physician or a licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner. “
School starts on Tuesday, August 10.