June 18, 2020
By: Staff Report
TAMPA – Hillsborough County Superintendent Addison Davis announced the school district will not be requiring students to wear masks when students head back to school on August 10th. They will be providing re-usable masks for all employees and teachers.
“We would love to make certain that everyone had the appropriate PPE when they come to the classroom, but let’s look at Hillsborough County,” Davis explained. “When you have 220,000 students, for us to buy single-day, single-use masks for our children, it would cost $9 million a month in order to do so, ” said Davis.
Davis added, “Reusable masks were also in discussion, but some families may not have the resources to wash them every day.”
“We will encourage our students to wear masks,” Davis offered. “But one thing we will do as a district is we will purchase a mask for every one of our employees.”