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Sarasota Group Fights Mask Mandate


A group opposed to the Sarasota County School Board's mandatory mask policy has raised more than $11,000 in an effort to sue the district.

An organizer of the anti-mask group says the lawsuit could be filed as early as Friday. They want to make mask wearing optional, and raised the money online through a GoFundMe campaign.

The district's current policy requires students and staff to wear masks on school campuses with a handful of exceptions, such as if students are eating or exercising, according to reporting by the Herald Tribune.

The school district's current order is set to expire in early November and board members are slated to consider a long-term mandatory mask policy at their meeting on October 20th.

Similar groups have filed such lawsuits against school boards in Lee and Hillsborough County.

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