School districts across the state of Florida are defying Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban against mask mandates in schools.
Broward County Public Schools, the second-largest district in Florida and the sixth-largest in the country, announced a continuation of their mandate. In a statement, the district suggested they are waiting for “further guidance before rendering a decision on the mask mandate for the upcoming school year. At this time, the District’s face covering policy, which requires the use of masks in District schools and facilities, remains in place.”
Districts are caught between listening to Governor DeSantis or CDC recommendations, which the Biden Administration is operating by. Last Friday, Florida reported their highest number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic; 21,683 cases, breaking its previous record of 19,334 reported in January. The state also recorded a record number of hospitalizations, a total of 10,207 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Florida on Sunday, the highest number in the state one day after breaking its record for single-day new cases.
The spike in Florida’s cases and hospitalizations were brought to national attention, with President Biden commenting, “Some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic … Florida and Texas account for one-third of all new COVID-19 cases in the entire country. Just two states. Look, we need leadership from everyone. I say to these governors, please help. If you’re not going to help, at least get out of the way of people who are trying to do the right thing.”
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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