WATCH LIVE: Carvalho reports on back-to-school day in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said an estimated 350,000 students and about 18,000 teachers returned to classrooms on Monday for their first day of the 2021-22 school year.

M-DCPS reopened buildings with safety protocols including a universal indoor face mask mandate as COVID cases surge. Teachers are asking students to stay home if they are feeling sick, wash their hands with soap and water, and sanitize them with 60% alcohol gel.

They are also asking parents to remind their kids to bring their own water bottles, avoid touching their faces and eyes, to social distance as much as possible, and to limit the use of shared objects. If shared objects are used, make sure these are cleaned after each use.

Students should not share a face mask, should replace it or wash it daily, and the mask cannot display obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related, or inflammatory messages or pictorial graphics.

The school principal needs to have approved medical exemptions to the face mask requirement in advance. For more information about back-to-school policies, call 305-995-3000 or visit the Back-to-School Parent Information site or participate in The Parent Academy.

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