MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There are new COVID safety protocols for Miami-Dade County and Broward Public School students and staff.

The Miami-Dade School District released a statement on Thursday that reads, “Throughout the pandemic, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been implementing protocols to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students and employees.  As a result of legislation signed today by Governor Ron DeSantis, effectively immediately, facial coverings will no longer be mandatory in schools. Therefore, the parental opt-out form has been eliminated.”

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The statement also said M-DCPS “will continue to encourage the use of facial coverings while indoors, and parents, at their sole discretion, may allow their children to wear them.”

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In addition, no asymptomatic student or employee will be required to quarantine simply due to exposure to COVID-19, effective immediately.

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The new policy is also in affect for Broward Public Schools. Team