NS. PETERSBURG FLA. – The Republican administration Ron DeSantis’ repeated ban to prohibit mandatory masks being worn by students in Florida is now in effect.
Friday’s ruling by the 1st District Court was that a Tallahassee judge who had lifted an automatic suspension that stopped enforcement of the mask mandate ban should not have been made. The state can now resume efforts to impose financial penalties on 13 Florida school boards that are currently violating the mask ban.
The U.S. Department of Education created a grant program that will help school districts lose money to implement mandatory masks and other coronavirus safety precautions.
DeSantis claims that the new parental right law gives parents the ability to decide whether their children should wear a mask to school. If school districts have mandatory mask rules, parents can opt out only for medical reasons and not for parental discretion.
Charles Gallagher is an attorney representing parents who challenged the DeSantis ban. He tweeted: “Students and parents are in danger again.”
Friday’s call by President Biden to governors was to stop the spread COVID-19.
Biden, during a Washington, D.C. school tour, stated that “I am so disappointing that some Republican governors especially have been so arrogant regarding the health of these children.”
Biden promised to pay compensation for school workers who were paid less than they should have in order to implement COVID-19 mitigation restrictions.