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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.”

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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

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or

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Not long out of the trees' ! I guess the good lord will protect all the naysayers, sceptics and anti- vaccer science deniers. Very sad for florida- im a very unhappy canadian snowbird. I put that in so all the SAME anti maskers can shift blame to tourists. They love to project those DeSantis lovers. !


And I'm proud to see our governor stand up for the constitution. This is the problem in America today letting others take away from our rights and that's I will be a republican. Sad to see what's going on in the world. Others close there eyes to what is really happening. God Bless America. Parents should have rights for decisions being made for there children. Glad we have a great governor. 🙏🙏❤️❤️ For Mr DeSantis.


And that is why I will follow no Republican. We are definitely two separate nations now. A nation of people who wear masks and a nation that prefers lies to avoid personal responsibility.


Exactly! Buck up Citrus County! Isn't the number of cases at your schools an indication of the necessity of masks?





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