Despite a judge’s decision Friday siding with Florida families who sued the state over the mask mandate ban in schools the Florida Department of Education has made good on its threat to withhold funding from school districts with mask requirements.
Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 30 issued an executive order aimed at preventing districts from requiring students to wear masks. The Florida Department of Health followed by issuing a rule that requires parents to be able to opt-out of student mask requirements.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Florida among children unable to get vaccinated, some school districts passed mask mandates but students could opt-out with a note from a parent.
However, some of the state’s largest, including Alachua and Broward counties implemented mandates that required a medical professional to provide a reason to opt out. The State Board of Education found probable cause that those districts were in violation of the state’s Parents Bill of Rights.