Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates is being put to the test in Florida, where somerefuse to comply with his order. A has Mr. DeSantis and governors grappling with new gets underway with another round of political and legal clashes over how far schools should go to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted 7-1 to impose a for students and teachers when schools reopen next week. The Palm Beach School Board also adopted mask mandates in a 6-1 vote, requiring all students and staff to grounds.
“For the consequences associated with doing the right thing, whatever that right thing is, I will wear [it] proudly as a badge of honor,” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho Carvalho told the Florida, according to the Miami Herald. “I’m going to leave here today and go to my school , and I’m going to do that, which is right, rightfully righteous.” Florida has become a petri dish for coronavirus policy on Mr. DeSantis’ watch, helping raise his political profile and making him a standout among Republicans eyeing a 2024 . As such, he has been showered with praise from the right and criticism from the left.
Democrats have accused him of putting his 2024 ambitions ahead of the safety of, teachers, and faculty. Mr. DeSantis stood his ground Thursday. “There is not a lot of data supporting forcing kindergarteners to be masked, and I think given that, and given how significant this is to a lot of , I think parents ought to be able to make the decision,” Mr. DeSantis said at a . Miami-Dade school officials, however, said they are following the advice of a that advised them to move in this direction. More and more schools nationwide require face covering to protect kids who aren’t eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
The decisions from school boards in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties came days after the state board of education voted unanimously to sanction Broward and Alachua counties for embracing mask mandates. Mr. DeSantis last month issued an order barring child should be masked should be left to the parents. He also said he had not seen studies showing that mask-wearing limits school outbreaks.from mandating masks. Mr. DeSantis said whether a
On Thursday, Mr. DeSantis said the federal government has more important things to do than imposing mask mandates on students, citing the unfolding mess in Afghanistan, problems at the southern border, and surging inflation. “As a parent, I am offended that the thinks they know better than we do as parents,” he said. The decision by the school boards in Florida follows the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends “universal by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status” in response to the spike in Delta variant cases.