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Florida judge blocks DeSantis attempt to halt mask mandate ruling

 

Florida school districts are free to implement mask mandates for students as of Wednesday after a judge struck down the DeSantis administration’s attempt to halt a recent ruling on face coverings.

 

The decision marks the latest chapter in a weekslong fight in schools and courts over masking children amid the Covid-19 pandemic, notching another win for parents who sued Gov. Ron DeSantis and state agencies for blocking local mask mandates.

 

The Florida judge’s decision means the Department of Education is prohibited from enforcing sanctions on defiant school boards that are requiring students to wear masks. The DeSantis administration is appealing the case. This legal challenge is slated to be heard next by the 1st District Court of Appeal as the DeSantis administration faces numerous other challenges its masking rules.

 

Some 13 school districts — including five in GOP-leaning counties — are requiring students to wear masks as the state grapples with a surge in Covid-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant, defying the DeSantis administration and state law. 

 

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So DeathSantis is actively seeking to harm children.  Brilliant!

 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis files emergency appeal on school mask mandates

 

Lawyers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have filed an emergency appeal with the First District Court of Appeals in Florida in hopes of halting school mask mandates while the case goes through the court system.

 

DeSantis' lawyers argue they "have a high likelihood of success on appeal. Therefore, the trial court abused its discretion in vacating the automatic stay, and this Court should reinstate the stay pending review," according to a court document.


DeSantis' attorneys filed the motion to reinstate the stay Wednesday evening, after Second Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled against DeSantis, lifting an automatic stay triggered by the governor's appeal and allowing Florida schools to institute mask mandates while the case is appealed at a higher level.

 

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Apparently this is how you do it:

 

San Francisco Schools Have Had No COVID-19 Outbreaks Since Classes Began Last Month

 

There have been no COVID-19 outbreaks in San Francisco schools since students and educators went back into classrooms on Aug. 16, the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Thursday, noting that about 90% of children ages 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated.

 

An outbreak, the department said, means there are "three or more cases in non-related households in which the source of infection occurred at the school, and not another setting."

 

While the department reported there have been 227 COVID-19 cases — out of 52,000 students and nearly 10,000 staff — the "vast majority" of those cases are occurring outside of schools.

 

Overall, the department said, the numbers of pediatric COVID-19 cases in the city have remained low throughout the pandemic, even during the most recent delta variant surge.

"COVID-19 cases in children under 18 has remained less than 20% of overall cases throughout this pandemic," the department said. "The vast majority of COVID-19 cases have been in adults."

 

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And how not to do it:

 

Mississippi teachers beg for help after more than 18,000 students catch COVID-19 in one month: 'At what point do we protect children over the economy?'

 

Last month, an eighth-grader at a Mississippi middle school died from COVID-19 just days after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves held a press conference claiming that the virus only causes "sniffles" in children under 18. Reeves speculated that maybe one or two children had died from the virus in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, before state Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs corrected him. To date, seven children have died of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

 

According to state data, at least 18,825 students have tested positive for COVID-19 within the first month of school and more than 15,000 had to quarantine last week alone.

 

Only 46% of Mississippians 12 and older, who are eligible to get the coronavirus vaccines, are fully vaccinated — one of the worst vaccination rates in the country.

 

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8 Tennessee School Employees Now Dead From COVID

 

Tennessee is yet another Republican-run state mismanaging the pandemic on an epic and deadly scale. Under Gov. Bill Lee, parents can choose to opt out of any school district's mask mandate if they so wish, thereby rendering such mandates rather useless and helping spread COVID in schools. His decision has had disastrous consequences.

 

At least eight Tennessee public school employees – three elementary school teachers, one pre-k assistant, a cafeteria worker, a bus driver and two high school teachers – have died since the school year began after contracting COVID-19. The total is an imperfect tally of a grim statistic that no one government agency or private entity is currently monitoring in a systematic way.

 

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8 Tennessee School Employees Now Dead From COVID

 

Tennessee is yet another Republican-run state mismanaging the pandemic on an epic and deadly scale. Under Gov. Bill Lee, parents can choose to opt out of any school district's mask mandate if they so wish, thereby rendering such mandates rather useless and helping spread COVID in schools. His decision has had disastrous consequences.

 

At least eight Tennessee public school employees – three elementary school teachers, one pre-k assistant, a cafeteria worker, a bus driver and two high school teachers – have died since the school year began after contracting COVID-19. The total is an imperfect tally of a grim statistic that no one government agency or private entity is currently monitoring in a systematic way.

 

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Just saying, but my completely uninformed opinion is that all eight employees were unvaccinated. And unmasked?  And working around dozens of children who can't yet be vaccinated. 

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Cure is worse than the disease

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the most frustrating thing about dumb people, is they rarely realize they made such a huge mistake 

 

because they’re just so breathtakingly stupid. 

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To answer the thread title, not the way they’ve done it. It’s 18mo since the pandemic started. You’d think by this school year they would have had a stockpile of rapid tests in every school to do onsite testing if a student has any cold like symptoms. Nope. Non-existent. 
 

We bought a couple Abbott tests to quickly identify a positive case if our kids had any symptoms. Did one for my son the other day after he was a little sniffly. It was negative. Did the right thing this morning and held him out of school because he still had a little cough. And they immediately send me a form back that his doctor is supposed to fill out upon return of a negative test. So I had to drop everything at work this afternoon and take him in to be tested, now we’ve got to wait 24-48 hours for the test result before we can send him back to school. Keep in mind we got a negative home test yesterday. 
 

Worst thing: next time he has the sniffles, whether it’s allergies or a cold, we’ve gotta go through this whole thing again. Call out of work, take him to be tested, wait two days… Repeat forever under they roll out the goddamn vaccine for him. So annoying. 

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To answer the thread title, not the way they’ve done it. It’s 18mo since the pandemic started. You’d think by this school year they would have had a stockpile of rapid tests in every school to do onsite testing if a student has any cold like symptoms. Nope. Non-existent. 
 

We bought a couple Abbott tests to quickly identify a positive case if our kids had any symptoms. Did one for my son the other day after he was a little sniffly. It was negative. Did the right thing this morning and held him out of school because he still had a little cough. And they immediately send me a form back that his doctor is supposed to fill out upon return of a negative test. So I had to drop everything at work this afternoon and take him in to be tested, now we’ve got to wait 24-48 hours for the test result before we can send him back to school. Keep in mind we got a negative home test yesterday. 
 

Worst thing: next time he has the sniffles, whether it’s allergies or a cold, we’ve gotta go through this whole thing again. Call out of work, take him to be tested, wait two days… Repeat forever under they roll out the goddamn vaccine for him. So annoying. 

 

Totally agree.  For everyone who is responsible and conscientious like your family, I bet there are plenty more who says screw it, it's just the sniffles and send in their kid.  The school system and the health department should take the burden of testing off of the parents.

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Iowa schools can again mandate masks after a federal judge temporarily blocks law

 

Iowa school districts again have the power to enact mask mandates after a federal judge temporarily blocked a state law banning them from doing so.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt issued a temporary restraining order Monday stopping the enforcement of the mask mandate ban, siding with the parents of several students with disabilities. The parents argued their children were being denied equal access to education without universal masking since they're at higher risk for COVID-19.

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law at issue, House File 847, in May. It immediately banned school districts and local governments from issuing mask mandates. The measure received fresh scrutiny as Iowa students returned to classrooms in late August amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, spurred by the more infectious delta variant.

 

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Totally agree.  For everyone who is responsible and conscientious like your family, I bet there are plenty more who says screw it, it's just the sniffles and send in their kid.  The school system and the health department should take the burden of testing off of the parents.


We pull both kids from daycare and school when something happens. 
 

the response we get from the daycare and school is some form of:

thank you for caring so much, most people don’t and just send their kid back to get everyone sick…

 

so yeah. The norm is to not care. 
 

which they won’t say they don’t care, they’ll offer excuses like “we both work” or “we had something important going on”

 

like the rest of us dont. Or somehow pulling kids and keeping them at home magically doesn’t make everything harder or impossible for us. 

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🎶Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...🎶

 

Apparently somebody thinks schools (colleges) shouldn't be open to women, and somebody else disagrees:

 

Woman goes viral for punching misogynist hate preacher right in the face

 

Video of a female college student punching a misogynist campus preacher has gone viral as police investigate the alleged assault.

 

The incident occurred at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) this past Tuesday, according to AL.com, and witnesses said that two campus preachers were carrying offensive signs.

 

The signs said that women “belong in the kitchen, they shouldn’t be in college… just really misogynistic stuff,” according to one witness.

 

The video shows a female student in a blue T-shirt shoving one of the preachers and knocking him to the ground. She then gets him in a headlock and pushes him over, punching him repeatedly while other students look on.

 

Campus police officers then break up the fight.

 

 

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🎶Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...🎶

 

Apparently somebody thinks schools (colleges) shouldn't be open to women, and somebody else disagrees:

 

Woman goes viral for punching misogynist hate preacher right in the face

 

Video of a female college student punching a misogynist campus preacher has gone viral as police investigate the alleged assault.

 

The incident occurred at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) this past Tuesday, according to AL.com, and witnesses said that two campus preachers were carrying offensive signs.

 

The signs said that women “belong in the kitchen, they shouldn’t be in college… just really misogynistic stuff,” according to one witness.

 

The video shows a female student in a blue T-shirt shoving one of the preachers and knocking him to the ground. She then gets him in a headlock and pushes him over, punching him repeatedly while other students look on.

 

Campus police officers then break up the fight.

 

 

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He was asking for it

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Newberg school staffer shows up in blackface

 

A staff member at Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg showed up to work in Blackface on Friday, calling herself Rosa Parks and doing so in protest of a vaccine mandate for all school district staff.

 

A fellow staff member at the school who provided initial information on the incident said Lauren Pefferle — a special education assistant who the school district said it would not name due to it being a personnel matter — darkened her face with iodine.

 

The concerned staff member, who requested anonymity for this story, said Pefferle explained her reasoning: that she intended to look like Rosa Parks and have her actions serve as a protest of a vaccine mandate. Pefferle was soon removed from school grounds and placed on administrative leave, according to a district statement.

 

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DCPS Reporting Parents for ‘Educational Neglect' After Kids Miss In-Person School

 

Some parents of D.C. students tell the News4 I-Team the school district has taken steps to report them to the DC Child and Family Services Agency for “educational neglect” after they opted to keep their kids home from school without approval.

 

In the cases described to the I-Team, parents said their children were not eligible for D.C.'s virtual school option, which is only available to children with certain medical conditions — and does not extend to children with immuno-compromised family members.

 

D.C. Public Schools has warned parents the public health emergency did not alter a District law requiring them to report students between the ages of 5 and 13 who incur 10 or more unexcused absences in a school year to CFSA. That policy is intended to protect kids and limit truancy.

 

But Kavitha Kasargod-Staub is among the parents who say more flexibility is needed as the nation grapples with another alarming coronavirus wave. The mother of two, who is also an educator, said she intended to send her kids to school in-person this year, but reconsidered after watching the region’s COVID-19 case numbers climb in recent weeks.

 

"Basically they're asking you to choose between learning and instruction and the health of your child,” she said. “It's an impossible decision, right? It is horrible that you would have to do that.”

 

She’s already received calls from her children's school and a CFSA social worker after deciding to keep her kids at home. She said she is now contemplating whether to formally homeschool them.

 

Her children, who are in second and fifth grade, are too young to be vaccinated. She said she’s worried about in-person school policies allowing kids to eat lunch together indoors with no masks, for instance, or to return to school after quarantining without being tested.

 

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