On Thursday, Nov. 18, Orange County Public Schools announced an update to its mask policy.
Beginning on Monday, Nov. 29, after Thanksgiving break, masks will become optional for all adults, including visitors, vendors and volunteers on OCPS property.
OCPS officials said the change is a result of the new bills prohibiting vaccine mandates signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning, which we told you about here.
"Masks will now be optional for students in OCPS buildings and vehicles," OCPS said in a statement. "Parent notes are no longer required and staff will no longer monitor face mask compliance."
According to the Florida Department of Health, the latest weekly positivity rate for COVID-19 in Florida was listed at 2.5%.
Health officials said 69% of people in Orange County, age five and older, are vaccinated.
OCPS continued the statement saying that although the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary, it is encouraged.
"If you were one of the 5,600 plus people who received the COVID-19 vaccine during one of our vaccination events, thank you," OCPS officials said.
Vaccination events will continue to be offered at OCPS locations after Thanksgiving break.