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Expert says new Florida quarantine rules for schools risk exposing more students to virus
Florida’s newly announced protocols that allow parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 could put many more students at risk of becoming infected, according to Dr. Sunil Joshi, an immunologist with Baptist Health.
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Judge halts Florida’s enforcement of ban on school face mask rules ... again
A circuit judge on Wednesday again ruled against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask policy for students, setting aside a stay and allowing school districts to enact mask mandates without interference from the Department of Education as the case moves forward on appeal.
Duval County Schools responds to Education Department’s mask mandate ultimatum
In a letter sent to Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Duval County School Board said it chose to put in place a mask mandate for students with a medical opt out after 11 school district employees died and more than 1,600 cases were reported in schools over the first three weeks.
Alachua County vows to fight back after state withholds school board salaries over mask mandate
Alachua Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon said her board members “deserve praise, not penalties” for their “courageous decision” to defy an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis and implement a districtwide mask mandate.
Florida not among state mask bans facing federal civil rights inquiries, for now
The Education Department says it’s investigating five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.
Duval school bus drivers union says driver shortage isn’t new, but pandemic has made it worse
A photo sent to News4Jax shows Duval County Public Schools students packed into a bus on Aug. 18, sitting three to a seat with some even sitting in the aisle. The photo was concerning to parents but not surprising to Rebecca Cardona, a representative for the Teamsters Local 512, which is the union representing the school bus drivers in Duval County.