Broward School Board to hold emergency face coverings Friday meeting – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In November, the Broward School Board voted to make masks optional for all students in schools and on Friday the board will meet to change its face coverage policy, but that will not apply to students.
The Broward County, Florida School Board will be holding an emergency school board meeting on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. to change its face covering policy. The amendment will NOT apply to students. Watch the live stream on https://t.co/yP8Ocw2ZHx. pic.twitter.com/PxIwNLY1nj
– Broward Schools (@browardschools) December 29, 2021
In Miami-Dade, masks also became optional for students in November, but only if their parents took them off.
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Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that the district will release an updated set of protocols before the end of this week and all district operations will resume on January 3.
We’ll do what’s right for our children, our workforce and our community. @MDCPS will release an updated set of protocols before the end of this week. All district operations will resume, as planned, on January 3, 2022. https://t.co/mlZVBhDCsg
– Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) December 28, 2021
âI can tell you that in the medical community, especially in pediatrics, we haven’t changed our recommendations,â says Dr. Lisa Gwynn, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and public health sciences at the University of Miami . âWe are seeing an increase in cases of COVID in children and an increase in hospitalizations. “
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Dr Gwynn says this is a very real concern for children when it comes to the Omicron variant.
“If parents don’t send their children to school with masks, infection rates will just go up more and more,” says Dr Gwynn.
At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, they are seeing firsthand an increase in pediatric cases of covid-19.
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“Our numbers so far in December are similar to the numbers we saw when there was a slight uptick in August, so much more than at the start of this year,” said Dr Christopher Chang, head of the immunology department at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.