Attorneys ask judge to stop Florida from reopening brick & mortar schools in August

Attorneys for Florida's largest teachers union will be in court after asking a judge to keep the state from forcing brick and mortar schools to reopen this month. The state is also asking the judge to dismiss the case.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorneys for the Florida Education Association on Tuesday night filed a motion seeking a temporary injunction to keep the state from forcing brick and mortar schools to reopen in August. A South Florida judge has schedule a first hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

The motion notes that as of Aug. 3, 2020, more than 38,000 Floridians under the age of 18 tested positive for the virus. It states that from July 16 to July 24 there was a 23% increase in child COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The plaintiffs argue that the governor can’t force public school students and employees to return to school buildings. They’re asking the court to require each school to:

  • Have adequate personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies for all employees and students
  • Reduce class sizes to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Install sufficient hand-sanitizing stations
  • Add plexiglass shields where necessary
  • Increase staffing
  • Increase school clinic capabilities

A scheduling conference on the injunction and other issues, including a state motion to dismiss, is set for a hearing Wednesday in Miami Dade County.

Here is a copy of the injunction:

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