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Holy Trinity Episcopal only Brevard County school to require masks

Holy Trinity Episcopal only Brevard County school to require masks

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy is the only Brevard County school, public or private to require masks for the coming school year. Governor DeSantis has banned public schools from requiring masks.

Florida Today

As coronavirus cases surge statewide and Gov. Ron DeSantis has barred public school districts from requiring masks, private schools are free to make their own decisions on mandates.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, which has 800 students in preschool through 12th grade, is the only reported Brevard County private school to have a mask requirement this year. Catholic schools are strongly recommending but not requiring the use of masks.

State Rep. Randy Fine, a Palm Bay Republican, suggested Monday to parents dissatisfied with the lack of mask mandates at public schools that they utilize the state’s voucher system to send their children to a private school with a mask requirement.

HTEA posted this letter from its president, Dr. Katherine Cobb. An extract,

Where we were last May, let alone a couple of weeks ago, looks very different from where we are today, as we work to update our health and safety protocols with thoughtful consideration.
That is why I have made the difficult decision to start the new school year requiring mandatory face coverings while indoors and on buses for all students and staff at both our Lower and Upper Schools, effective Monday, August 2nd.
I know this decision is not ideal and that we may disappoint some families. I, myself, am disappointed, but we need to do what is best for the majority of our people as we continue to provide a safe and uplifting environment for our students to grow in mind, body, and spirit. 

Image: New York Times

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