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Brevard County School Board chair Misty Belford voted for the district’s mandatory mask policy. Image: BCSB via YouTube

State board sanctions Orange, Brevard and other school districts for mandatory mask policies

The Florida State Board of Education sanctioned the Orange and Brevard County school boards along with others Thursday for violating a state rule against requiring students to wear face masks. They will be docked a month’s worth of their school board salaries and whatever federal funds they receive to make up for that penalty. School district representatives argued their mask policies are needed to keep kids safe and are legal under the Florida Constitution and Parents’ Bill of Rights. The Department of Health says that law requires a parental opt-out. Several districts have filed a petition challenging the legality of its rule. Brevard County School Board chair Misty Belford described their crisis of soaring COVID-19 cases in August. “In essence, …
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