Ron DeSantis Gives Order Banning Masks In Schools

( Students in Florida will not be wearing masks in school anytime soon.

Late last week, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order that banned mask wearing in schools in the state. In doing so, he went off on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently recommended students wear masks while in school.

DeSantis said their recommendations showed the agency had a “callous disregard for the physical, emotional and academic well-being of our children.”

In the executive order, DeSantis said forcing kids to wear masks while in school “may lead to negative health and societal ramifications.” He also said they could “inhibit breathing, lead to the collection of dangerous impurities and adversely affect communications in the classroom and student performance.”

The governor also said there wasn’t any sound evidence backed by statistics that showed mask mandates help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Just hours before the order went into effect, DeSantis held a press conference saying his ban on masks in schools was the right thing to do. He said:

“I think that this decision about whether parents want their kids to have to wear masks all day at school, I think that’s a decision that falls squarely within the concord of this Parents’ Bill of Rights that I signed.”

He then went on to heavily criticize the CDC for going back and forth with recommendations. He continued:

“There is no off-ramp. We were told that the off-ramp was vaccinations. Now, we’re told that that’s not going to be the case, and yet you’re going to have to do masking, you may have to do restrictions and potentially other severe forms of mitigation, which we know have a devastating impact on so many people’s lives and livelihoods and freedoms.”

He also said the CDC instituted its policies “so ham-handedly,” showing “the callous disregard for the physical, emotional and academic well-being of our children.

“We had this whole year and a half where so many people in our society wanted to put the kids last. They wanted to impose most of the extreme mitigation on the kids that were the least likely to face any negative harm from this.”

With this executive order in place, it’s likely that many local school districts will find themselves in a battle with the governor’s office.

For example, the Broward County School Board last week passed a mask mandate for all students for the upcoming school year. The executive order will prevent that from going into effect now, as will rules set by Gadsden County.

Rosalind Osgood, the chairwoman of the Broward County School Board, said the anti-mask people who recently tried to go to a board meeting regarding the child mask mandate in the county equates to an “almost insurrection.”

Those residents were protesting peacefully, though, and only wanted to go into the public board meeting so they could share their thoughts on the matter.

However, Osgood and the liberals who run the school board were having none of it, and cancelled the meeting instead.