Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins says she plans to give word on whether the district's masking mandate will be extended by the end of the day on Thursday.
The district's current mask mandate is set to expire on Saturday, Oct. 30, and the school board left the decision on whether or not to extend the mandate entirely up to the discretion of Jenkins. During the board's regular meeting on Tuesday, Jenkins said she's waiting to hear a county-wide update on COVID-19 Wednesday before making her decision.Several school board members seemed to want an extension of the coronavirus mask mandate, coupled with an option to opt out with a doctor's note. However, they feared retribution from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has both threatened district funding and removed school board members in other districts as part of his overall opposition to masking requirements.
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