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Pinellas County School Board to give update on reopening plan, adopt emergency mask rule

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The Pinellas County School Board is meeting on Tuesday and leaders are expected to give updates to the district’s reopening plan and safety procedures.

Officials say they’re reducing the number of students in classrooms for traditional face-to-face settings.

  • K-3rd grade: 15 students or less
  • 4th-5th grade: 18 students or less
  • 6th-12th grade: 20 students or less

Each classroom will get a bottle of disinfectant and hand sanitizer. Leaders say they’ll be replaced as soon as a classroom runs out.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the district is also revealing its process for reporting positive COVID-19 cases in schools.

Each case involves the PCS COVID team, the Department of Health, contact tracing, and deep cleaning classrooms.

The district says it’s working with the Department of Health to develop a rapid testing process.

This would mean symptomatic students or staff would get access to a priority testing lane at community sites and testing labs would prioritize processing those tests.

Leaders are also requesting the adoption of an emergency rule regarding face coverings. The district is making some changes and clarifications to its mask mandate.

Board members tell ABC Action News they will discuss the idea of a virtual start to the school year.

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

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