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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.

PINELLAS COUNTY:

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.

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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:

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.