Osceola County school board chairman Clarence Thacker has called for an emergency meeting to take place today at 5:30pm to discuss the possibility of putting a mask mandate in place in Osceola County public schools. That after Leon County Second Circuit Judge Ohs Cooper ruled that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on such mandates was unconstitutional.

“We have been following the mask mandate set by the governor, which was set aside by a Leon County Circuit JudgeT on Friday. In the absence of a mandate ban, we need to have a school board discussion on the issues of masks,” Osceola School Board Chairman Clarence Thacker told Positively Osceola. 

Tonight’s meeting will take place at the school district at 805 Bill Beck Blvd. in Kissimmee.

Currently, there is a 30-day mask mandate with a parental “opt-out” that excluded high schoolers, who are old enough to be vaccinated. The mask policy is similar to policies in place at Orange and Seminole county schools and was voted in at the August 17 meeting.