The Miami Herald reports:
Five school districts’ challenge to a mask mandate rule came to a screeching halt Wednesday after Gov. Ron DeSantis’ newly appointed surgeon general repealed the rule and replaced it with his own that gave parents even more choice over how to deal with COVID-19 in schools.
The new rule leaves the option for masking in schools to parents and legal guardians, adding language that it is their “sole discretion.” The change short-circuits districts’ plans that allowed opting out with a medical note only.
It further gives parents and legal guardians the ability to have their children return to in-person classes “without restrictions or disparate treatment, so long as the student remains asymptomatic” after being exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Read the full article. As was widely reported yesterday, Ladapo is anti-vax, anti-mask, and advocates for herd immunity through “natural infection.” He has also appeared in a video produced by the anti-vax America’s Frontline Doctors. The video also stars “demon semen” Dr. Stella Immanuel.
The number of Florida kids who DIED from COVID has more than doubled recently and now @GovRonDeSantis‘ new anti-science “Surgeon General” says parents can send children to school after COVID exposure.
Putting our kids at risk is reckless and unforgivable.https://t.co/E6myYUR48T
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) September 22, 2021
Florida escalated its war with school districts over mask mandates when new surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo issued a rule making it even harder for schools to enforce them while also setting what experts called a dangerous new quarantine policy. https://t.co/64DTkkJIQR
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 22, 2021