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Is today the day that school masks disappear?

Kindergarten students work at their desks at Blanco Vista Elementary School in San Marcos on Aug. 23, 2021.

The Duval County School Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider changing the school district’s mask policy.

Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene said last week that the rolling average COVID-19 positivity rates in the community are in the “moderate level,” but the number of cases per 100,000 residents is still falling into the “high” category. Therefore, under the current policy, the district can’t lift its mask mandate.

As of Friday’s coronavirus report from the Florida Department of Health, Duval County’s infection rate was 90.4 per 100,000 people. The school district’s goal was to drop the controversial mask requirement when the rate reached 50 per 100,000.

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