A day after Miami-Dade and Broward public schools announced that they'd be relaxing their mask mandates, the Archdiocese of Miami has announced that it's adjusting its COVID-19 policies for students.
Beginning Nov. 15, any archdiocese student in Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe who is fully vaccinated or with a PCR positive test within the last six months can opt out of wearing a mask in school if the vaccination card is provided to the school or the positive PCR test result is provided to the school, the archdiocese said in a Wednesday news release.
SCHOOL MASK MANDATES
Masks are already optional indoors for fully vaccinated students and teachers in the 7th and 8th grades who have provided a vaccination card to the school or had their vaccination confirmed through the FL SHOTS database.
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Masks are required indoors for all faculty, staff and students that are not yet fully vaccinated or within the 6-month window post COVID infection with required documentation on file at the school. Masks will continue to be required for fully vaccinated teachers of grade 6 and lower.
The archdiocese said masks are not required for children under 2 years of age, and are optional for everyone outdoors.
The news release said the change is being made as COVID-19 cases have continued to decline among students and faculty in archdiocese schools, and in the South Florida community.
The announcement comes a day after Miami-Dade and Broward public schools announced they were relaxing their mask mandates by allowing parents an opt-out for their children.
It also comes about a week after Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children ages 5 to 11.