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Students Who Don’t Follow Duval Schools’ Mask Mandate Will Be Disciplined

Senior students walk by a sign at Barbara Coleman Senior High School during the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami Lakes, Fla. Miami-Dade County public schools requires students to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Senior students walk by a sign at Barbara Coleman Senior High School during the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Miami Lakes, Fla. Miami-Dade County public schools requires students to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Duval County public school students will be required to wear masks when they return to class after the Labor Day weekend  — unless they have a doctor’s note —  and those who don’t follow the district’s guidelines will face discipline.

After soliciting input from medical professionals and members of the community, the Duval County School Board approved a mask mandate with a medical opt-out during an Aug. 23 emergency meeting. The mask rule starts September 7 and lasts for 90 days. 

Under the new policy, students must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while inside a school or on school transportation, except while eating or while participating in outdoor activities. If a student doesn’t comply with this requirement, the following disciplinary actions may be taken:

First Occurrence 

  • School will provide a face mask to the student
  • Student will complete Face Mask Safety Contract with Mask Expectation – Requires Student and Parent Signature

Second Occurrence

  • Student sent to discipline office
  • Student coded for 1.06 Nonconformity to General Code of Appearance
  • Parent contacted
  • Parent Conference (Virtual or In-Person)

Third Occurrence

  • Student sent to discipline office
  • Student coded for 2.01 Failure to Adhere to Safety Consideration
  • In-School Suspension (1-2 Days)

Fourth Occurrence

  • Student sent to discipline office
  • Student coded for 2nd 2.01 Failure to Adhere to Safety Consideration
  • Out of School Suspension (1-3 Days); Parent Conference Encouraged

According to the Student Code of Conduct, violations of the dress code policy could also result in exclusion from athletics and other extracurricular activities.

If a student has a medical, physical or psychological condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, parents or guardians can provide a doctor’s note to get an exemption.

The medical “opt out” form is available here.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.