Emergency school board meeting tomorrow at 3 p.m. to discuss masking protocols

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

A special meeting of the School Board of Alachua County has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Board meeting room at 620 E. University Avenue. The focus of the meeting is masking in the district’s schools.

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting. The Board will also be able to take a vote at the meeting if a majority of Board members choose to do so.

At its regular meeting on November 2, a majority of School Board members voted to maintain the district’s current masking protocols for students. Under those protocols, students in high schools may be opted out of wearing masks by their parents. For students in elementary and middle schools, a waiver form must be signed by a qualifying medical professional. The protocols would remain in place through December 6. After that day, parents of all students could sign a waiver form for their child.

Since that vote, a challenge of a Florida Department of Health rule requiring that parents have sole discretion over whether their children wear masks in schools was dismissed by an administrative law judge. A hearing on a lawsuit regarding masks in schools is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 17, in circuit court, and the Florida Legislature will be holding a special session on this and other COVID-related issues beginning November 15.

  • Repeat after me…”The MAN in Tallahassee isn’t backing down. If we don’t do something he’s going to remove us and the new appointees will get rid of our new superintendent and prevent us from continuing to disregard state law. All the fear we managed to wreak on our district may be undone.”

    I’d wager $10 they renege on their very recent mask mandate. They’ll do anything to protect their @r$e$.

    That is something we can all hope to believe…

    • Brevard, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward already reversed their orders very recently. Duval still has not, at least not from what I saw.

    • Marxists, hypocrites, hypochondriacs, & haters…
      And they want to go global with their totalitarian control.

  • I should have made a much larger wager.

    Self preservation was in full display.

    Tired of believing yet?

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