During a meeting with the school board Tuesday, Interim Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright said the mandate would continue.
“The health and the safety of our students, teachers, and staff continues to be our highest priority,” Cartwright said. “As such we will continue to mandate the mask knowing that our data, as we are looking at it, our quarantine data, is demonstrating that the use of the mask is helping to minimize the spread of Covid-19.”
Covid-19 cases in Florida have been surging
, and the state is one of five that have less than
10% left of their ICU bed capacity available
, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services
より多い 27,000 cases have been confirmed in the 15 largest school districts in Florida since the start of the school year, according to a CNN analysis. 少なくとも 45,024 students and staff members have been quarantined or put on “stay home” directives due to possible exposure to the virus.
Corcoran announced Monday that the state has started withholding funds equal to the monthly school board members’ salaries, and will continue to each month “until each school board complies with state law and rule.”
Broward County has listed nine school board members, who each earn a $ 46,773 annual salary. Alachua County has provided the salaries for four board members, who each earn $ 40,287 annually.
Broward and Alachua were the first school districts to implement mask mandates that do not include a parent opt-out, going against the governor’s executive order.
の合計 12 school districts have now moved forward with similar mask mandates, including Hillsborough, レオン, Palm Beach, Sarasota, Duval, Miami-Dade, Indian River, オレンジ, Lee and Brevard in addition to Broward and Alachua counties.