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DCPS votes to buy 140,000 face masks, asks parents for input

Should teachers and students be required to wear masks?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The Duval County Public School board voted 6-1 to approve Superintendent Diana Greene's recommendation to purchase face masks for students and staff.

The district said the vote Tuesday night was simply to decide whether or not to buy personal protective equipment -- not to require students and staff to wear them. 

There have been no policies or decisions made on the reopening of schools. DCPS said it wants to be prepared in case there is a future need for masks.

Duval County Public Schools is spending up to $300 thousand on the cloth face masks, which will have built-in pockets for filters. 

They are getting 140,000 of them. According to the DCPS website, they have 130,000 students and 13,000 full- and part-time employees.

The school district is also asking parents, guardians, students and employees of DCPS to weigh-in on their thoughts about whether or not masks should be worn at schools. You can find that survey here.

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