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After surveying principals, Volusia County Schools has made the decision to require that all adults, including employees, parents, volunteers, and other visitors, wear a face-covering (mask or shield) in VCS schools and facilities. This will apply for adults who are indoors and where social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained. Appropriate accommodations will be made for medical purposes on an individual basis in accordance with the ADA.

This requirement will begin Thursday, August 12, and will be in effect for 30 calendar days (through September 11). This decision will be re-evaluated by Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz as more information comes in, and VCS will relax the requirement as soon as it is practical.

Face coverings for students will remain optional. Dr. Fritz is strongly recommending that all students wear a mask or face shield when they are indoors and near other people at school. Families have the right to choose the option of not wearing a face covering for their student(s), and no one should be harassed to do so per the FLDOE emergency rule.

Dr. Fritz is also strongly encouraging everyone 12 and older to get the vaccine.

The CDC has updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people and also recommends universal indoor masking for students and adults in school, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, the Florida Department of Health has provided new information including new Covid-19 protocols in schools.

To provide as much information as possible, VCS has created a Covid-19 information website to share information about Health and Safety Protocols and to answer Frequently Asked Questions.

District leaders will continue to closely monitor the course of the virus and will notify families and parents of any updates.

Remember, anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of illness should stay home.

Let’s all work together for a safe, healthy, and successful school year!

— Volusia County Schools Community Information Specialist Cindi Lane

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