Masks expected to be optional in Broward schools, but COVID’s surge could change that

“Students, coming off an extremely difficult year, need the emotional and social support that comes with true, hands-on, face-to-face schooling,” he said in a text message. “The community should be doing everything possible to return children’s lives back to 100% normal as they are the least susceptible cohort to COVID, but the most adversely affected by the stringent policies put in place over the last year.”