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Less Than 1% Of Students Opt Out Of Masks In First Week Of New Duval Policy

Lynne Sladky
Associated Press

Duval County Public Schools' new mask mandate has cut down significantly on the number of students who have opted out of wearing a face covering on campus within the first week of enforcement, new numbers show.

According to the school district, 206 medical opt-outs have been filed by families and granted out of the nearly 104,000 brick-and-mortar students. Students attending Duval Virtual Instruction Academy or a charter school within Duval County are not counted in this figure.

Separately, six of Duval County's nearly 21,000 charter school students have returned opt-out paperwork, though charter schools are not required to honor the district's mask mandate and COVID-19 policies vary by school. It's not clear which charter schools are requiring opt-outs at this time.

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