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About 4,700 Duval County Students Opt Out Of Masks

A teacher and his students wear masks in a Texas class room on Dec. 3, 2020.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
A teacher and his students wear masks in a Texas class room on Dec. 3, 2020.

Most Florida students are heading back to school Tuesday, and many teachers say they’re ready to return to the classroom and eager to continue face-to-face teaching. But some teachers say the stress looming over COVID-19 is worse than a year ago.

“It’s just, it’s still mind-boggling. This has been going on for a year-and-a-half,” said Mary Dobbins, a Duval County Public Schools teacher.

On Tuesday, more than 126,000 students will return to the halls of Duval County public schools. As of Monday afternoon, DCPS said, approximately 4,700 students have opted out of the district’s mask recommendation. With 126,271 students being enrolled for in-person learning, that’s 3.7%.

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner News4Jax.