Sarasota schools drop mask mandate as COVID positivity rate drops


Sarasota County schools will be no need for face masks anymore be worn by students and staff starting Monday because the COVID-19 positivity level has dropped, the school district said on Sunday.

Under the emergency policy previously adopted by the school board, mask requirements are automatically suspended when testing positivity in the county falls below 8% for three consecutive days.

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In the statement released on Sunday, the district said it still hopes people will wear face masks.

“We strongly encourage everyone to continue to wear a face mask indoors to help keep the positivity rate below 8%,” the district said.

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The policy will be in effect until Nov. 23, 2021. Masks become optional once data kept by the Florida Department of Health shows a positivity rate of less than 8% for three days, according to the district. If the positivity rate exceeds 10%, the policy calls for the resumption of compulsory masks.

The policy has been a flashpoint for parents, with some strongly supporting the measure – which was passed over objections from Governor Ron DeSantis – and other parents struggling to oppose it.

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