More than half of FL students enrolled in schools with mask mandates despite threats from DeSantis

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates this coming school year — ignoring Gov. Ron DeSantis’s order to make face coverings illegal.

Indian River and Sarasota counties joined Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Leon, Alachua, Palm Beach, Orange and Duval to force students to mask for the upcoming school year.

Indian River and Sarasota counties, in particular, supported Donald Trump for re-election in November 2020, while the previous counties to institute mask mandates had all backed Joe Biden, according to the report. Washington Post.

According to Florida Department of Education enrollment figures for 2020-21, the 10 counties together make up about 52 percent of the total school population. Last year, 2,791,687 students were enrolled, and those counties’ combined enrollment is more than 1.45 million, according to The Associated Press.

School District Policy Contradicts Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on July 30 executive order to protect the ‘freedom of parents to choose’ whether or not their children should wear masks in schools.

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis to make them illegal

More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year, despite attempts by Governor Ron DeSantis to make them illegal

The Republican governor referred to the order as enacting a “law of the parents” that “prevents the state, its subdivisions, or any government agency from encroaching on a parent’s fundamental rights to receive the child’s education, health care, or mental health.” health of a minor child without demonstrating that such action is reasonable and necessary to achieve an imperative state interest and that such action is narrowly tailored and not otherwise served by less restrictive means.”

Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, said in an email in response to the mandates, “No one is above the law, not even the school board politicians.”

“There is no empirical evidence to support the claim that the benefits of forced masking of schoolchildren outweigh the potential harms,” she added. Masking children under 12 is not recommended in many EU countries as their health authorities have found that the risks are not well understood – and the data shows that forced masking of young children has a negligible impact on prevalence and spread of Covid.’

However, Nipunie Rajapakse, a physician and pediatric infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic, dismissed the claim.

“Due to concerns that have been raised about whether there are negative effects of masking on children, numerous studies have now been conducted,” she told the Washington Post. “These studies have unequivocally shown that wearing a mask has no negative health effects on children.”

Exceptions to DeSantis’ order are made for students with medical conditions covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DeSantis has threatened to withhold money from school systems that mask, though the Biden administration intervened and allowed schools to use money from pandemic emergency measures to replace staff salaries.

Biden has also threatened to sue the state over mask mandates, for which DeSantis ripped him off last week.

Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis criticized Biden for being “obsessed” with forcing preschoolers to wear masks at school all day.

“I mean, you have to ask yourself, where are your priorities that you are so obsessed with this issue and so obsessed with depriving parents of rights?

“And you’re burning Afghanistan, burning down our border, and destroying so many other things in our country,” he said.

DeSantis said Biden should focus on Afghanistan, as well as “all things on the southern border… one of the greatest border disasters in our country’s history, inflation, gas prices” rather than masking mandates in Florida.

Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis criticized Biden for being “obsessed” with forcing preschoolers to wear masks all day at school

The Orange County board also said they want to challenge the legality of a Florida Department of Health rule enforcing the ban.

The highly contagious Delta strain accelerated things around Florida and led to record high hospital admissions just as schools prepared to reopen classrooms this month.

By mid-August, more than 21,000 new cases a day were added, compared to about 8,500 a month earlier. However, the number of new cases and hospitalizations has leveled off in the past week.

16,820 people were treated for the disease at Florida hospitals on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health figures showed, down from a record high of more than 17,000 last week.

16,820 people were treated for the disease at Florida hospitals on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health figures showed, down from a record high of more than 17,000 last week.

16,820 people were treated for the disease at Florida hospitals on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health figures showed, down from a record high of more than 17,000 last week.

16,820 people were treated for the disease at Florida hospitals on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health figures showed, down from a record high of more than 17,000 last week.

Counties may have felt emboldened after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that schools are free to continue forcing children to wear masks, and rejected Governor Greg Abbott’s latest offer to remove local mandates.

The court rejected Abbott’s request to intervene after several counties defied its emergency ban on masking children.

But Abbott was denied on legal technicalities – an appeal must first be filed in a lower court – meaning he will almost certainly challenge the ruling.

The highly contagious delta variant sparked an acceleration of business around Florida and record high hospital admissions just as schools prepared to reopen classrooms this month

The highly contagious delta variant sparked an acceleration of business around Florida and record high hospital admissions just as schools prepared to reopen classrooms this month

The highly contagious delta variant sparked an acceleration of business around Florida and record high hospital admissions just as schools prepared to reopen classrooms this month

According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about 6 in 10 Americans say students and teachers should be required to wear face masks in school.

DeSantis has urged Floridians to get vaccinated, saying people should continue to wear masks if they want to, but no one should be forced to wear the face covering.

Children under the age of 12 cannot yet receive COVID vaccines. Pro-masks say the coverings are necessary to keep them safe, but opponents say children rarely become seriously ill from the virus.

The state said 16,820 people were hospitalized on Tuesday, compared to a record high of more than 17,000 last week

The state said 16,820 people were hospitalized on Tuesday, compared to a record high of more than 17,000 last week

The state said 16,820 people were hospitalized on Tuesday, compared to a record high of more than 17,000 last week

DeSantis has urged Floridians to get vaccinated, saying people should continue to wear masks if they wish, but no one should be forced to wear the face coverings

DeSantis has urged Floridians to get vaccinated, saying people should continue to wear masks if they wish, but no one should be forced to wear the face coverings

DeSantis has urged Floridians to get vaccinated, saying people should continue to wear masks if they wish, but no one should be forced to wear the face coverings

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