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Lee County Schools must respond to DOE’s request to reverse mask mandate

We reported The School District of Lee County is under investigation over the terms of its mask mandate by Florida Department of Education. DOE wants an explanation about how the District will reverse its mask mandate and comply with the governor’s executive order. The clock is ticking now for Lee County Schools, since it must […]

Education leaders brace for mask mandate punishment

The state and the governor already laid down the hammer on school districts in the state that re-enacted mask mandates, even after a judge ruled schools can put them in place. The School District of Lee County superintendent and some school board members told us they knew the risks, so punishment for the mask mandate […]

Fact-checking claims by speakers at Lee County school board meeting

On Monday, taxpayers and parents showed up to the Lee County School Board meeting to voice their opposition to the district’s mask mandate. Protesters got into shouting matches and accused the school district of not caring for their kids. On Tuesday, there is another meeting, but masks are not on the agenda. Those who spoke […]

State targets school officials’ pay in mask battle

The State Board of Education on Friday followed up on its threat to financially penalize local school officials who impose student mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic, detailing how it is targeting salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward counties. State board Chairman Tom Grady and Vice Chairman Ben Gibson signed orders that […]

DeSantis at odds with doctors over mask mandate, children in hospitals

Gov. Ron DeSantis is doubling down on his stance against mask mandates, but doctors are firm on their position too, saying that children are suffering from COVID-19. During a press conference in Surfside on Tuesday morning, DeSantis pointed to stats saying the delta variant is not causing more kids to get very sick. “You’ve not […]

Back to school with masks, bus delays in Lee County

If your child is riding the bus to school, a good tool to download right now is the Where’s the Bus app, so you know if the bus is on time. We already know a bus driver shortage could leave your child waiting. Parents and students will need patience. The School District of Lee County […]

National nurse union asks the CDC for mask mandate to fight COVID

The largest nurse’s union in the country wants everyone to wear masks again. National Nurses United sent a letter to the CDC pressuring them to mandate masks. The mask mandate is to help the vulnerable. That includes children under the age of 12 who can’t get a vaccine, people who can get vaccinated yet and […]

FGCU President Mike Martin on vaccinating students, staff

Florida Gulf Coast University’s graduation is one week away, but school leaders are already looking ahead to next year, with one big focus being the COVID-19 vaccine. President Mike Martin says he would mandate vaccines for students and staff if he could, but ultimately it’s up to the Florida Board of Governors, which makes these […]

Florida education chief: Masks should be voluntary next year

Florida’s education commissioner has asked superintendents across the state to update their policies to make facial coverings voluntary rather than mandatory for students, teachers and staff in the upcoming school year. In a memo sent Wednesday, Richard Corcoran said that “Florida has once again proven that one-size-fits-all policies do not meet the unique needs of […]