Masks in Schools and Governor DeSantis' Executive Orders
The Florida Department of Education has issued guidance to the state’s school districts regarding the impact of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Orders 21-101 and 21-102, issued May 3. According to that guidance, “neither EO-21-101 nor EO-21-102 impact any school district’s policies for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.”
That being the case, Alachua County Public Schools’ current face covering policy remains in effect.
Update on Face Coverings
Based on the latest COVID-19 figures in our community and the recommendations of the Scientific Medical Advisory Council, Alachua County Public Schools is making the following changes to our masking and other COVID protocols:
- For the rest of this school year, masks will not be required outdoors on our campuses for students or adults. We will continue to encourage social distancing as much as possible. Masks will still be required indoors (except when eating and drinking) and on our school buses, except for those with an exemption.
- Temperature checks will not be required on our campuses for students or adults.
- Unless there is a significant spike in cases or other safety/health issues, masks will be optional on our campuses (indoors and outdoors) for our summer programs, We will continue to consult our medical experts, who review this information regularly. IF THE COURSE OF THE VIRUS CHANGES, masks may again be required.
- Unless there is a significant spike in cases or other safety/health issues, masks will be optional on our campuses (indoors and outdoors) for the 2021-22 school year. We will continue to consult our medical experts, who review this information regularly. IF THE COURSE OF THE VIRUS CHANGES, masks may again be required.
- Currently, federal regulations require masks to be worn on school buses and other public transportation. The district will continue to follow those regulations. If those regulations change, we will consult with our medical advisors on school bus protocols.
We appreciate the ongoing efforts of our healthcare professionals, the outstanding work of our teachers and staff, and the support of our students and families during the pandemic, which has helped limit the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and the community.