Sumary of Florida’s On-Again, Off-Again Ban On School Mask Mandates Is Back In Force:
- Chris O’Meara/AP hide caption toggle caption Chris O’Meara/AP Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla.
- The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday it has begun a new grant program to provide funding for school districts in Florida and elsewhere that lose money for implementing anti-coronavirus practices such as mandatory masks.
- DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw said in a tweet that the decision means “the rule requiring ALL Florida school districts to protect parents’ rights to make choices about masking kids is BACK in effect!
- “DeSantis has argued that the new Parents Bill of Rights law reserves solely for parents the authority to determine whether their children should wear a mask to school.