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Masks remain optional in Pinellas, Polk County Schools

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Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 23:27:23-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Mask debates continued in Pinellas and Polk counties on Tuesday.


Around 4 p.m., the Pinellas County School Board decided to keep masks optional for students and staff. They voted not to have a special meeting to require masks.

Prior to the meeting in Pinellas County, concerned parents and guardians held a rally outside the administration building to voice their concerns and push for mandatory masks.

Parents share views on masks in school ahead of a Pinellas County School Board meeting where the topic is expected to be discussed. Masks are currently optional in the district, with some parents pushing for a mandate and others wanting the choice left to them to decide for their children.


Polk County School leaders did not vote on mask policies. Currently, masks are optional in Polk County.

Several other local school districts recently revisited mask policies. Manatee County leaders approved a mandate with an opt-out option, Hillsborough and Sarasota leaders enacted mandates that only allow opt-out options for medical reasons.