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Tampa Bay area schools have decided. They will not be changing their Covid-19 policies set forth from the beginning of this year. Some feel this lack of change is problematic as the new Omicron Variant has caused many cases across the US. However, Tampa area schools are not faltering in their policies. They will encourage wearing a mask but not mandate them.

The district has said they will follow the current CDC guidelines, which have recently cut quarantine time down from 10 to 5 days. Pinellas district spokesperson Isabel Mascareñas has declared that they will maintain working with the Health Department when responding to these cases.

Some parents have asked the School Board to defy the State Leaders and require masks. This happened in the fall, but area schools faced many problems with funding cuts and more trying to overrule the state. The districts updated information on what steps they will be taking place. Superintendent Mike Grego has sought to work on enhanced ventilation and sanitation, increased emphasis on handwashing, nurses in every school, and social distancing to the greatest extent possible.”
[Source Tampa Bay Times]

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