The mask order does not allow parents to leave, except for one reason from a health care provider.
“For the consequences of doing the right thing, whatever that right thing is, I would proudly wear the badge of honor,” Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Date County Public Schools, told the State Board of Education before the vote.
Carvalho said the district is following the recommendations of medical experts called for the mask requirement.
Desantis spokeswoman Christina Pusha told CNN: “No politician is above the law. The legislature passed the Parental Rights Act and the government signed the Desantis Act.
Outside the crowd, protesters chanted “We will not agree” following the vote.
Miami-Date County Public Schools will return Monday. The district has about 334,000 students.
The Hillsborough County School Board is voting to approve the mask order
Hillsborough County Public Schools also approved the mask order Wednesday by a 5-2 vote. The order allows parents to leave only in medical circumstances.
During the nearly five-hour emergency meeting, more than 300 Govt-19 cases were reported in the school district, according to the Govt-19 dashboard. More than 530 teachers and 1475 students have tested positive for Govt-19. More than 10,000 students are currently in isolation on the dashboard.
Following a public comment made by more than 90 people during a meeting with Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Addison Davis, I believe the current mask policy should be where masks are needed, but parents can opt out for any reason.
Davis noted how the government could try to withhold funds or salaries from districts that violate orders, as well as conduct inquiries into forensic audits and public records requests.
“We need stability in this situation,” Davis said, adding that those efforts will create chaos in the county.
‘We must act now and act’
Lynn Gray, chairperson of the school board, said, “We must act, we must act now.”
“The cost of not operating now would endanger the health and safety of our students,” Gray said. “We also remind school board members and our supervisors that our first priority is the health of all students and the safety of the public.”
At a meeting in Tampa, a mother told the board that Govt-19 was coming even after her daughter was wearing a mask.
When CNN’s mother, Stephanie Caldonbach, was interviewed outside the crowd, a group of anti-masked protesters harassed her and the reporter.
“It’s an insult to our children,” Kaldenbach said. “It’s disrespectful to my children that they can not be vaccinated because they are not old enough. And, it’s really sad to be like those who do not respect the people who want to protect the health of our children.”
A total of 28,782 students – or 14.44% – have opted out of the mask policy, but the school district says that number has dropped in recent days.
Earlier this month, the Alaska School Board voted to require masks for the first two weeks of classes, citing an increase in Govt-19 cases. On Tuesday, the board extended the mask requirement for another eight weeks. According to the National Education Statistics Center, there are about 30,000 students in the district.
Provert schools reopened Wednesday
The Browd County School Board voted last week to maintain the school district’s mask order, originally approved July 28.
Interim Superintendent Vicky Cartwright congratulated the district on its successful first day on Wednesday.
“Wearing a mask today is not an issue. Our students agreed. Our audience on campus also agreed,” Cartwright said.
He said there were two cases where a student and a teacher did not comply with the mask order. Cartwright said he had a “conciliatory conversation” with the student’s parents.
Rosalind Oscutt, chairman of the Browd County School Board, told CNN that the removal of officers was a “far cry” for the state but “would not cross the state.” Oscood said the government is likely to fine them financially.
The district enrolled 257,785 students this year. Prior to the start of the school year on Wednesday, 436 students and 191 staff were isolated or isolated due to a positive test for Govt-19.
“The rule they say we are violating came from the health department, not the education department,” Cartwright said of the state.
He added, “We believe we are compliant. Exemption or grant to whom is not specified in the language. And we have those arrangements for students with medical reasons (not wearing a mask.”
CNN’s Ray Sanchez and Rebecca Rice contributed.
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