Pointing to improving COVID-19 conditions, the Miami-Dade County school district Monday said middle-school and high-school students will not be required to wear masks.
The announcement came as other districts, including Orange County and Duval County, have recently dropped mask requirements. Miami-Dade will continue requiring masks for elementary-school students, as vaccines are only available to people ages 12 and olders.
Parents of middle-school and high-school students will have to submit forms to opt out their children from wearing masks.
“M-DCPS (the school system) will continue to follow science, consult with medical experts, and review its procedures on a weekly basis to identify opportunities for further adjustment of COVID-19 protocols,” the district said on its website.
Miami-Dade is one of six districts that challenged a Florida Department of Health rule aimed at preventing mask mandates.
The rule helped carry out a July 30 executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who contends parents should decide whether children wear masks.
A state administrative law judge is expected to rule in the challenge this week.
By keeping a mask requirement for elementary-school students, Miami-Dade is continuing to be in conflict with the rule.