BREAKING: Brevard Public Schools Changes Mask Mandate to Include Parental Opt-Out, Medical Exemption
By Space Coast Daily // October 22, 2021
weekly COVID-19 report lists Brevard County at 50.1 cases per 100,000 people
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools officials announced a change on Friday to the emergency face mask mandate, which will now allow medical exemptions and parental opt-outs.
The current school board emergency policy states that if Brevard County reaches a level of 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people the superintendent would transition the mask mandate from having a medical exemption to having a parental opt-out.
Brevard Public Schools spokesman Russell Bruhn said the state’s weekly COVID-19 report lists Brevard County at 50.1 cases per 100,000 people.
“With that in mind, as directed by the Board, Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins has changed the mask mandate to include a parental opt-out for students,” said Bruhn in a release.
Bruhn said the parental opt-out goes into effect immediately and families and staff have been notified.
“This is exactly how the temporary mask mandate was supposed to be used,” said BPS School Board Chair Misty Belford.
“The goal was to protect the health of our students and staff. Thank you to all our families and staff for working together to dramatically reduce the number of COVID cases.”