MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL — Going against an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the School Board of Miami-Dade County approved a face mask mandate ahead of the new school year, which starts Monday.
In a 7-1 vote, board members approved the mandate, which requires all students and staff of Miami-Dade County Public Schools to wear a mask in district facilities and on buses.
Lubby Navarro was the only board member to vote against the mask requirement.
To opt out of the mask requirement, families must obtain a medical waiver or religious accommodation.
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has been a vocal supporter of masks at schools during the current COVID-19 surge throughout Florida.
Earlier Wednesday, ahead of the school board’s meeting, he hinted to the State Board of Education that Miami-Dade school — the largest district in Florida — would do “the right thing,” the Miami Herald reported.
On Monday night, a medical task force in the county advised the school board to adopt a mask mandate for the 2021-22 school year as COVID-19’s delta variant hits South Florida hard, the Herald reported.