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Duval School Board Approves Threshold To End Mask Mandate

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Pupils wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus attend a class at Maestro Padilla school as the new school year begins, in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

The Duval Schools mask requirement will remain in effect until December unless the community positivity rate decreases significantly, the School Board ruled Tuesday. 

Superintendent Diana Greene said that after consulting with the Duval County Health Department and other local medical experts, the threshold that the district would need to meet to discontinue its current mask mandate is a "moderate" transmission rate. 

Moderate transmission rate is defined by the health department as 5 to 7.99 percent positivity rate or 10 to 49.99 new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days. In Duval County, the transmission rate remains substantial both countywide and within the school community. 

Read the rest of this story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.