DCPS issues new mask requirements

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Diana Greene, the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, sent a letter to families detailing the new mask requirements for students.

Masks will continue to be required but parents who would like to opt their child out may do so without medical documentation.

Read the full letter below:

Hello families,

This is Superintendent Diana Greene calling to say thank you for working so cooperatively with your schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our strategies and our collective commitment have helped reduce community transmission to a level where we can adjust our mask protocol for students.

Beginning next week, masks will still be required, but any parent who wants to opt their child out of wearing a mask may do so without medical documentation. If you opted your student out earlier in the year, you do not need to do it again. If you haven’t opted out, but want to do so, you can find that opt out form in FOCUS.I want to again thank everyone for partnering with your teachers and school leaders through this extraordinary challenge of education during a pandemic. There have clearly been no easy answers or universally accepted solutions

.I am encouraged that our community transmission status continues to improve and hopeful that we can all come together around of the common goal of providing exceptional learning experiences and outstanding achievement for your children.

Have a great weekend, and see you in school on Monday.