PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A proposed plan for reopening schools in Pinellas County posted on the school district's website includes a mandate for students, faculty, and staff to wear masks during the school day.

School board members are scheduled to discuss the plan during their next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 14.

The language regarding the mask mandate is as follows:

Masks/face coverings must be worn by all students, staff and individuals on campus, to the maximum extent possible, in hallways, common areas, classrooms, cafeterias (when not eating), during small group instruction, and anywhere social distancing is not possible. 

  • Students and staff will receive instruction on the proper way to wear a mask/face covering.
  • Masks/face coverings must adhere to standards as outlined in the student dress code.
  • Student’s name must be written in permanent ink on their mask or face covering to avoid cross contamination.
  • Individuals (students or staff) who have a medical condition that does not allow for wearing a mask must provide medical documentation.

Read the whole proposal below.