Miami-Dade faculties will start the masks mandate, Broward making no modifications earlier than the state-imposed deadline

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho attended Coral Gables Senior High School on the Sunday morning before the first day of school on Monday.

The Broward County school district, meanwhile, has to decide whether to drop his mask mandate or risk sanctions.

Tuesday is the deadline for Broward to withdraw his mask mandate or lose government funding equal to the salaries of his board members.

On Friday, the Florida Board of Education presented the Broward and Alachua Counties school districts with the deadline for a decision.

“All we do is enforce Florida law,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

If the school district allows parents to prevent their children from wearing masks, the state will not impose fines.

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But Broward Schools said it will not reverse course and take legal action against the state.

“We also believe we are acting in the best interests of employees and students.” said Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Chair of the Broward County School Board.

The school districts in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties also voted last week to impose mask requirements on students.

The Florida Board of Education has not yet decided whether to investigate these counties for non-compliance, but a spokesman says the agency will likely do so.

“We are determined in our position,” said Carvalho on Sunday. “We are unwavering in our commitment to the health and well-being of our students and teachers, and we will continue to do so. When this letter arrives, we will be ready to take our position. “

Unless the Broward School Board does away with its mask mandate, it must provide a list of annual salaries for all of its board members.

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And if not, the state will use the latest mean estimate to calculate how much money needs to be withheld.

“Around 90 percent of our parents support masks,” said the vice chairman of the Broward School Board, Dr. Steve Gallon, this Sunday this week in South Florida. “The communication from our board members after the vote was extremely positive.”

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