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State Dept. of Health Changes COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

Viera, FL -- The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued an emergency rule that gives parents more power to decide whether children go to school after being exposed to people who have COVID-19.


The new rule says schools “shall allow parents or legal guardians the authority to choose how their child receives education after having direct contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19... so long as the student remains asymptomatic.” Parents also have the option of quarantining their students for up to seven days.


CLICK HERE for the updated FLDOH flow chart on contacts to cases.  


The School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to extend the emergency mask mandate to October 29th. The mandate, which was put into place on August 30th, was set to expire at the end of this month. The Board also changed language in the emergency mask mandate to allow people to remove masks while indoors if they are socially distanced by at least six feet. That part of the policy goes into effect on September 29th.