Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 5:15AM

August 20, 2021

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The District's optional mask mandate surely puts students, employees, families and the community at risk, as the pandemic rages and the positivity rate is over 20%. Orange County Public Schools has chosen to go against the recommendations of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and medical experts by establishing an opt-out mask mandate. The chart above shows the percentages of those students opting-out by grade level. They are significantly above the 4% estimate that the District was initially touting.

More disturbing are the charts, which breakdown the opt-out percentages by school. Some elementary schools where children are not even eligible for vaccines have over 20% of their student populations opting out of masks. These include:

  • Columbia Elementary School- 28.5%
  • Dommerich Elementary School - 22.2%
  • Dr. Phillips Elementary School - 25.2%
  • Lake Whitney Elementary School - 21.3%
  • Summerlake Elementary School - 20.5%
  • Whispering Oak Elementary School - 21.9%
  • Windemere Eementary School - 30.8%

K-8 Schools with over 20% opting out include:

  • Pershing - 22.4%
  • Wedgefield School - 27.8%

Middle Schools

  • Maitland Middle School - 21.4%

High Schools

  • Simon Youth Academy - 28.6%
  • Windemere High School - 21.%

Also, keep in mind that some teachers reported that there was not a system to collect notes and some were not opt-out checks were not inputted on Canvas so the accuracy may not be that good at some schools.

See the charts below to find your school: 


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