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.

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.

“I can tell you that in the medical community, especially in pediatrics, we haven’t changed our recommendations,” says Dr. Lisa Gwynn, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and public health sciences at the University of Miami . “We 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.

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