Orange County Public Schools making masks voluntary for adults

Orange County Public Schools on Wednesday announced that it is relaxing a policy that dictates face coverings.

The use of face masks will be voluntary for all adults beginning Monday, Feb. 28. OCPS cites the continuing decline of COVID-19 cases in the district and in the community as the motivation to change policy.

Anyone exhibiting illness or symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

Masks had already been voluntary for students but were mandatory for staff and campus visitors since the COVID-19 omicron variant surge earlier this year. 

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