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With one-fifth of the nation’s surging COVID-19 infections reported in Florida, school boards are faced with conflicting guidance on whether students should wear masks when the 2021-22 school year begins in three weeks.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this week updated school COVID-19 guidelines, calling for “universal masking” for students over age 2, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
AAP’s advisory won’t change the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) guidance, at least for now, the Biden administration said.
The CDC recommends, but doesn’t mandate, children younger than 12 – who cannot as yet be vaccinated – wear masks this fall.
All 67 Florida school districts are planning “a full return to in-class instruction” this fall. As of Friday, none had mandated students wear masks.
Miami-Dade Schools and the Palm Beach County School District are among districts that issued statements clarifying they have no plans to change optional mask policies.
Orange and Broward county school board members are among those who’ve expressed alarm over the Delta variant-fueled COVID-19 outbreak and the mixed messaging on how vulnerable children are. Several will view options next week.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said he’ll make it easy for school boards by banning mandated-masking via executive order or by calling lawmakers into a special session.
“We look forward to this upcoming year to be a normal school year, be in person, and live like normal and learn like normal kids,” he said Thursday at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
“There’s been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids,” DeSantis continued. “We’re not doing that in Florida, OK? We need our kids to breathe. We need our kids to be able to be kids.”
Parents, not the government, will determine what’s best for Florida students, he said,
“Parents obviously can equip their kids to go to school however they want, but there shouldn’t be any coercive mandates on our schools,” DeSantis said.
“As of now,” he said, no Florida district he is aware of is planning to require unvaccinated students or faculty wear masks but there’s “a campaign from Washington to try to change that.”
If CDC guidance changes, DeSantis said he’s discussed calling a special session with House Speaker Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, “to do something from the legislative perspective” in mandating no mask mandates.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “we got to start putting our kids first. We got to look out for their education. Is it really comfortable? Is it really healthy for them to be muzzled and have their breathing obstructed all day long in school? I don’t think it is.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said CDC’s guidance that masks be optional hasn’t changed, but said DeSantis’ threat to take decisions out of locally elected officials’ hands “puts kids at risk.”
“If I were a parent in Florida,” Psaki said, “that would be greatly concerning to me.”
The AAP Monday recommended children over age 2 wear masks, citing concerns about the more transmissible Delta variant, especially in communities with low vaccination rates, differing from CDC’s July 9 optional mask guidance for 12-and-under.
DeSantis called the state’s COVID-19 surge a “seasonal pattern” that will dissipate and said his stance against mask mandates and lock-downs is “science-based.”
“If anyone is calling for lockdowns, you’re not getting that done in Florida,” he said. “I’m going to protect people’s livelihoods. I’m going to protect kids’ right to go to school. I’m going to protect people’s right to run their small businesses.”
BREAKING: Airline CEOs Send King Biden a Letter Asking Him To Remove Useless Mask Mandates
On Wednesday, the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and other major carriers sent a letter to Joe Biden urging him to end federal mask mandates on airplanes as well as international pre-departure testing requirements. Citing scientific data, the airlines implore Biden to lift the travel restrictions on airlines so the US travel and tourism sectors no longer needlessly struggle.
In the letter, the CEOs explain that they have followed all instructions regarding Covid-19 policies thus far, but request that now their companies are able to follow the scientific evidence and data that show we are no longer in a severe state of this pandemic.
The letter reads:
“Our industry has leaned into science at every turn. At the outset, we voluntarily implemented policies and procedures… to form a multi-layered approach to mitigate the risk and prioritize the wellbeing of passengers and employees.”
It then continues to argue that the situation, and scientific recommendations, have drastically changed and it is time to start recognizing these facts:
“However, much has changed since these measures were imposed and they no longer make sense in the current public health context… Given that we have entered a different phase of dealing with this virus, we strongly support your view that “COVID-19 need no longer control our lives.
Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions – including the international predeparture testing requirement and the federal mask mandate – that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.”
The CEOs are insisting in this letter that the Biden administration consider the negative impact the unnecessary federal mandates have on the US travel and tourism industries. They even quote Biden himself in saying that “Covid-19 need no longer control our lives”, pressing him to follow through on what he says.
While the US maintains all travel restrictions, the UK, EU, and Canada have all done away with the futile mandates. “The U.S. inconsistency with these practices creates a competitive disadvantage for U.S. travel and tourism by placing an additional cost and burden on travel to the U.S.,” the airlines argue.
The letter asserts that it “makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks.”
The airline CEOs even advocate for the well-being of their employees that are made to enforce these mandates on the aircraft, which has been impacting their personal wellness.
They emphasize that it is “critical to recognize that the burden of enforcing both the mask and predeparture testing requirements has fallen on our employees for two years now. This is not a function they are trained to perform and subjects them to daily challenges by frustrated customers. This in turn takes a toll on their own well-being.”
Finally, the letter also points out that those who still wish to wear masks for their own protection are more than welcome to do so, especially considering the “availability of high-quality masks”. In addition to the masking, airplanes also have “hospital-grade cabin air”, which is stressed in this letter.
Biden has not yet issued a response to this request.
Read the full letter below:
HUGE! Rand Paul Pushes Bill Through To End Mask Mandate For Public Transportation With Bipartisan Support… You Won’t Believe Which RINO Voted Against it
In another step towards pushing back against Covid tyranny in the United States, a bill sponsored by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was passed with bipartisan support in the Senate that would get rid of mask mandates on public transportation.
The bill was supported by eight Senate Democrats and all but one Senate Republican. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut.) voted against lifting the mandates.
President Biden is likely to veto the bill as his administration plans to extend the mask mandate until April 18th when it will be reviewed.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, who was a leading advocate against the bill to repeal the mandate, said he opposed the bill because it would prevent the CDC from imposing future mandates if there was another upsurge in Covid-19.
The bill still will now move to the House for a vote, where other bills to repeal Covid restrictions have remained in limbo.
“The Senate on Tuesday voted to nix a requirement to wear masks on public transportation as the country rolls back coronavirus rules and restrictions.
Senators voted 57-40 on the resolution, which would reduce Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements that most people wear masks on public transportation, including trains, airplanes and buses.
Hassan, Kelly, Bennet and Cortez Masto are up for reelection in November. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who is not, was the only GOP senator to vote against the resolution.
Despite the win for Paul, the resolution is likely to hit a wall in the House. It would also need to overcome a likely veto by President Biden.
“We have it within our power today to ensure the American people that we are irreversibly going back to normal,” Paul said during a floor speech.”
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