Central Florida school districts return to classroom without mask warrant

SUMMER: AVENTHEALTH SENT TO WESH 2 NEWS AN UPDATE OF ITS CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH, SAYS THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 400 AND 80 COVID PATIENTS IN ALL THEIR FACILITIES. THAN THREE TIMES LESS PATIENTS THAN DURING THE DELTA SURGE. HOWEVER, THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM PUT THE ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE OVER SEVEN DAYS IN THE STATE AT 3. JIM: THE GROWTH IN NUMBER HAS CONCERNED SCHOOLS WHAT CLASSES LOOK LIKE ONCE THE STUDENTS RETURNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS. FOR SCHOOLS IN ORANGE COUNTY, THIS DAY IS TOMORROW. AMANDA DUKES FROM WESH 2 JOIN US LIVE AMANDA WHAT’S THE PLAN? AMANDA: THIS IS A CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING PLAN. JUST AN HOUR AGO, TERESA JACS, PRESIDENT OF THE ORANGE OB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, TWEENED THAT SHE IS RELIEVED THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT IS RESETTING THE MASK MANDATE FOR ADULTS WHEN SCHOOL RESUMES TOMORROW. TODAY THE DISTRICT CANNOT REPRESENTATE THE STUDENTS WEAR A TWO BUT THEY ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO WEAR THEM WHEN THEY RETURN TO CLASS TOMORROW. WITH OMICRON VIAARNT CREATING A RISE IN NEW CASES OF COVID, MANY PARENTS ARE AGAIN CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR KI.DS >> WE TRY TO STAY OUTSIDE ALL CLOSED AREAS, INSIDE D ‘ANOTHER TNHA SCHOOL. WE MUST RETURN THE CHILDREN. AMANDA: THE FACT THAT CHILDREN HAVE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL NOW THAT THE WINTER HOLIDAYS ARE OVER, LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE WRITING NEW MASKS MESSAGES. ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OFFICERS “STRONGLY ENCOURAGE” THE Wearing of Masks by Students and Staff when they return to the CAUSMP on Tuesday. IN A MESSAGE SENT TO TOAR PENTS, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS: “THERE ARE NO REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS, BUT FACE MASKS CAN ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR ALL. THEREFORE, DUE TO THE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS NATURE OF THE OMICRON VARIANT, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSIDER FACE MASKS FOR YOUR ATHI TS TI STUDENTS. “ME IN SEMINOLE COUNTY, TEACHERS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED TO WEAR MASKS FOR YOUR ATHI TS TI STUDENTS. OF JANUARY, AND STUDENTS MAY SOON RECEIVE A SIMILAR MESSAGE. >> WE ARE WORKING ON SOME MESSAGES THAT WE WILL SEND TO OUR FAMILIES LATER THIS AFTERNOON OR TOMORROW ON SOME OF THE THINGS WE ARE GOING TO DO AND WHAT WE WANT TO STUDY THEM DO WHEN WE RETURN LIKE US LL AMANDA: PEDIATRICS DR. CANDICE JONES SAYS THE WEEK OR THE NEXT TWO WILL BE CRITICAL BECAUSE THE RETURN OF WINTER BREAK COLLISES WITH THE TAKEOVER AT OMICRON. >> I EVEN CONSIDER, BECAUSE MY CHILD IS IN PRESCHOOL, KEEP HIS HOME FOR A WEEK OR TWO UNTIL ALL CALM AMANDA: DR. JONES ADVISES PARENTS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO USE ANY ALL POSSIBLE PROTECTIVE LAYERS, NO MATTER THE IMMUNIZATION STATUS OF THEIR CHILD. >> ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS ALL LAYERS OF PROTECTION, WHICH INCLUDE VACCINATION, MASKS, HAND WASHING, SANITATION, DISTANCE, ALL OF THAT. TO PREVENT IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK, KEEP HIM AT HOME, DO NOT SEND HIM TO SCHOOL. LATE AFTERNOON, NO NEW M

Central Florida school districts except Orange return to class without a mask warrant

This week is back to school for thousands of local children. Orange County School Board officials announced on social media Monday night that for the month of January, all adults on school campuses must wear face masks. Mask mandates include teachers, staff and visitors and begin when classes resume Tuesday. Also, according to state law, the school district cannot force students to wear a mask, but they strongly encourage it. In Seminole County, teachers were encouraged to wear masks for the month of January and students received a similar message on Monday evening. “During at least the month of January, we encourage parents to consider having their students wear a mask indoors. Additionally, we encourage staff, vendors and visitors to do the same,” said the Seminole County School District in its latest statement to parents. Brevard Public Schools sent a notice to parents the same evening also encouraging students and adults to wear masks and say it’s a valuable tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Osceola County reminded parents that if a student appears sick, keep them at home. But on Monday afternoon, there were no new recommendations for masks in Osceola, Brevard or Volusia counties. Pediatrician Dr Candice Jones says the next week or two will be critical as the return from winter vacation collides with the resumption of omicron. I’m even considering, because my kid is in kindergarten, keeping her home for a week or two until everything calms down, ”Jones said. Jones advises parents to encourage their students to use all layers of protection possible, regardless of their child’s immunization status. “Make sure your child has all the layers of protection, which include vaccination, masks, hand washing, disinfection, distancing, all of those things,” Jones said. Like Jones, some parents we spoke with go so far as to extend their children’s winter vacation. “We asked the principal of my children’s school if we could keep them at home for a week and delay the start a bit,” said mother Meghma Mohan.

This week is back to school for thousands of local children.

Orange County School Board officials announced on social media Monday night that for the month of January, all adults on school campuses must wear face masks.

Mask mandates include teachers, staff and visitors and begin when classes resume on Tuesday.

Also, according to state law, the school district cannot force students to wear a mask, but they strongly encourage it.

In Seminole County, teachers were encouraged to wear masks for the month of January and students received a similar message on Monday evening.

“During at least the month of January, we encourage parents to consider having their students wear a mask indoors. Additionally, we encourage staff, vendors and visitors to do the same,” said the Seminole County School District in its latest statement to parents.

Brevard Public Schools sent a notice to parents the same evening also encouraging students and adults to wear masks and say it’s a valuable tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Pediatrician Dr Candice Jones says the next week or two will be critical as the return from winter vacation collides with the resumption of omicron.

“I’m even considering, because my kid is in kindergarten, keeping her home for a week or two until everything calms down,” Jones said.

Jones advises parents to encourage their students to use all layers of protection possible, regardless of their child’s immunization status.

“Make sure your child has all the layers of protection, which include vaccination, masks, hand washing, disinfection, distancing, all of those things,” Jones said.

Like Jones, some parents we spoke with go so far as to extend their children’s winter vacation.

“We asked the principal of my children’s school if we could keep them at home for a week and delay the start a bit,” said mother Meghma Mohan.

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