Pasco Will Require Masks in the Fall For Students, Staff, and Visitors

July 14, 2020

By: Staff Report

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. – Pasco County Schools plans to require that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks or face coverings when on a school campus or other school district property in the fall.

Superintendent Kurt Browning has placed the topic on the agenda for discussion at the July 21 virtual School Board meeting, which will be held via telephone. The Superintendent intends to bring an emergency rule to the School Board on July 28 for a vote to formalize the mandate.

In this video, Superintendent Browning explains the reasoning behind the decision.

The proposed rule describes what qualifies as a mask or face covering and under what circumstances the mask can be removed. It also describes how the school district will make accommodations for students or staff members who have a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a mask or face covering.

In addition to the mask requirement, the school district is employing several strategies to provide for a safe environment, such as social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and protocols for what to do if or when a student or staff member gets sick.

A summary of the proposed rule is in pdf format below.

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