Masks Ordered For Most Florida Students, Defying DeSantis

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, delivers remarks at a protest in front of the Orange County Public Schools headquarters in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Teachers, parents and union representatives gathered to demand that the Orange school board adopt a mandatory mask policy because of rising COVID-19 cases, despite an executive order banning school mandates from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

(AP) — Just over half of Florida’s 2.8 million public school students now face mandates to wear masks in classrooms. More districts are defying Gov. Ron DeSantis amid a courtroom battle over the Republican’s efforts to leave such decisions to parents.

The Orange County County School Board voted to tighten its mask mandate through October. That makes at least 10 of Florida’s largest districts who say they’re following federal public health recommendations to reduce coronavirus infections.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, a three day hearing is wrapping up on a lawsuit by parents who want strict mask rules to keep their kids safe.


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