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Protesters outside of a School Board meeting in August.

Effective immediately, face coverings are optional for “all adults including employees, parents, volunteers, vendors, and other visitors” in Volusia County Schools, according to an email sent by Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz to staff today, Thursday, Oct. 7. 

Mask policy for adults is under the discretion of Fritz. Before the beginning of the school year, the School Board directed Fritz to use his judgement for employees, visitors and parents, based on the latest numbers of COVID-19 infections. His decision was “due to the overall downward trend of COVID numbers in our community,” according to the email. 

Volusia County School COVID-19 numbers are available HERE.

Face coverings are still required for all students K-12 indoors, effective until October 15. Parents can opt their children out of the requirement by filling out a form.

The board is expected to discuss mask policy for students at the next regularly scheduled School Board meeting, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12.

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