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School mask mandate ends

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

The following message has been sent to all ACPS families this evening:

Earlier today a new state law was signed that blocks public schools in Florida from requiring masks for students. As a result, masks are now optional for all students, and an opt out form is no longer required for families who do not want their child to wear a mask in school or on a school bus.

Alachua County Public School students may wear masks in school if their families wish, and masks are still recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The new law also allows parents to decide if a student with no symptoms should quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19. Quarantining is strongly recommended for unvaccinated people who have contact with a positive COVID case, and is still required for anyone with symptoms.

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We encourage students and families to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID in our schools, homes and community.

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