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.
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.