School district not requiring facemasks in buildings

Schools Superintendent David Moore said face masks will only be mandatory on school buses when Indian River County public schools begin the new school year on August 10.

Facemasks will be encouraged – but not required — for all student and staff inside school buildings, Moore said Friday (June 26) during a Facebook live presentation.

District officials are monitoring the recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Indian River County and adjusting plans accordingly, Moore said.

The plan is expected to be finalized July 10, but could be changed all the way up to the first day of school, depending on circumstances, Moore said.

Some students will show up in school buildings on Aug. 10, some will take classes virtually for a specific period and then return to school, and some will spend the entire first half of the school year taking virtual classes, Moore said.

Moore invited parents to contact the school district with their feedback on the workability of his tentative plans for reopening schools. More intends to publish an updated the plan on July 6 based on the input.

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