ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The on-again, off-again ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has reintroduced the mandated mask ban for Florida school students.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday a Tallahassee judge shouldn’t have lifted an automatic stay two days ago that halted enforcement of the mask mandate ban. This means that the state can now resume efforts to impose financial sanctions on 13 Florida school boards that are currently violating the mask ban.
The U.S. Department of Education launched a grant program that helps school districts lose money to purchase mandatory masks and other coronavirus safety devices.
DeSantis claims that the Parents Bill of Rights law gives parents power to decide whether their children wear a mask to school. If school districts have mandatory mask rules, parents can opt out only for medical reasons and not for their own discretion.
Charles Gallagher, attorney for parents challenging the DeSantis ban, says in a tweet, “students, parents and teachers are back in harm’s way.”
Friday’s address by President Biden urged governors to take action against COVID-19 spreading.
Biden stated, “I am so disappointed especially some Republican governors have been such cavalier with health of these children,” while visiting a school in Washington D.C.
Biden promised to pay compensation for school employees whose wages were withheld due to COVID-19 mitigation restrictions.