The Polk County School Board discussed face coverings again during today’s work session. The following is a summary of the board’s discussion:
– Polk County Public Schools will continue to require face coverings/masks for students and staff for the duration of the 2020-21 school year, which ends on Friday, June 4.
– School board members are optimistic that PCPS will be able to transition to a mask-optional policy for the 2021-22 school year. However, the board will consult with the district’s newly hired superintendent, Frederick R. Heid, who is expected to be present for the next board meeting on June 8.
– A decision has not yet been reached whether face coverings will be optional for the upcoming summer school term. The board will consult with Superintendent Heid, who is expected to be present for the next board meeting on June 8.
– Board members and district staff clarified today that students are not required to wear masks during outdoor activities, such as recess and physical education.
Today’s discussion is available on the PCPS YouTube channel at the link below.
UPDATE (May 13): Yesterday evening, PCPS issued the following message to our principals to be shared with school staff:
“There have been questions and concerns voiced lately regarding face coverings being worn by students during outdoor activities — especially given the warmer weather this time of year.
To provide clarity, face coverings will be optional for students and staff while outdoors for recess, physical education, or other outdoor activities.
Face coverings will still be required while indoors, at least through the end of the school year.”