On Aug. 27, a judge ruled in favor of the group of Florida parents who alleged Governor Ron DeSantis’ order banning mask mandates is unconstitutional.
“We are aware of Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper’s ruling,” Citrus County School District spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said. “The Governor’s executive order still remains in effect until the final order is submitted.”
While Citrus County opted out of a mask mandate for the 2021-22 school year, at least 10 Florida school districts voted to defy DeSantis’ order.
“At this time, masks will remain optional for students and staff,” Blair said. “We will continue to have masks readily available on all school campuses and school buses.”
Blair said masks are not an actionable item on the Sept. 7 school board meeting agenda and no votes can be cast to do anything at this time.
Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 27, the Citrus County School District has recorded 663 positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students.
For the most up-to-date statistics and a school-by-school breakdown, visit the COVID-19 Dashboard at citrusschools.org.