Superintendent Rocky Hanna announced today that masks will be optional for students, teachers, staff and visitors for the summer and the 2021-22 school year.
Hanna’s statement is listed below:
Summer is officially here for our students, and our teachers are completing their tasks in order to finish out their year as well. We are proud of our Safe Start and equally Safe Finish and are ready to begin looking ahead to the next school year.After conferring with the Leon County Health Department and our School Board members, we have decided to make masks optional for students, teachers, staff and visitors for the summer and for the 2021-2022 school year. We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and to continue their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Hanna stated “that vaccinated or not, masks will be optional beginning June 14th.”
The use of masks by the school system has been controversial. Hanna responded negatively when Florida Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, requested masks be optional in the fall.
On April 14, 2021 Florida Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, released a letter to the School District Superintendents requesting that upon the student’s return for the 2021-2022 school year they remove the mandatory face mask policy.
In an interview with WTXL , Hanna stated that Corcoran’s letter was “irresponsible and premature” and that schools “should continue to take guidance from the CDC.” Hanna stressed that he would fight, stating “we’re not changing a thing now and if we end up going to court over it, we’ll go to court.”
However, since Corcoran comments, more people have been vaccinated and the impact of COVID has continued to decrease.