According to officials, thousands of students in a Florida county school have either tested positive for #COVID19 or have been exposed and are now quarantined.
Just days after the first day of school, The Hillsborough County School Board reported that 5,599 students have been quarantined for either tested positive for #COVID19 or being exposed, according to the official website.
This is said to be an increase of about 1,200 students when it was reported on Friday that 4,477 students were quarantined, @fox13.news reports.
According to @fox13.news, it’s also reported that “316 school district employees are also quarantining, up from 289 on Friday.”
The school board will hold an emergency meeting on August 18th to determine how to move forward.
This comes just days after Florida Governor DeSantis threatened to withhold salaries of school officials who enforced that students should wear masks.
“I think the fairest thing to do is just say let parents make the decisions,” DeSantis said last week at an event at a Tampa hospital.
The Florida Democratic Party on Monday addressed DeSantis’ stance while referring to comments made by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy–who opposes DeSantis’ position.
“Gov. DeSantis, if you won’t listen to pleas from worried parents, students and children from across Florida, will you at least listen to physician and GOP Senator @BillCassidy? Local school boards should decide on public health measures, not Tallahassee,” it tweeted.
If you recall, Desantis banned local school districts from requiring masks mandates.
DeSantis isn’t the only governor banning mask mandates. Texas Governor Greg Abbott also banned mask mandates for the state. He said, Abbott issued the executive order this week saying, “Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities.”
Roomies, how do you feel about this?