Aug. 10 2021Florida is currently one of the worst-affected states in the United States, and Republican Gov. John DeSantis has been criticized for failing to prevent the disease.
Florida has introduced a controversial policy that would suspend school leaders’ salaries if schools force students to wear masks, U.S. media reported Monday.
The Florida governor’s office said in a statement that the state Board of Education would “enforce strict financial measures,” NPR reported. The statement also said DeSantis was intended to protect the rights of parents.
A spokesman for the governor also responded by saying that any financial penalties would be imposed on (school) officials who make decisions, with the exception of teachers and other school workers.
Florida schools are planning to follow the CDC’s recommendations and ignore DeSantis’ executive order banning schools from mandatory wearing masks, the report said.
As a result of the spread of the Delta variant, florida has seen a surge in cases, hospital occupancy rates continue to climb, and children have not been spared. As of August 8, at least 135 confirmed children in the state were hospitalized.
Although vaccinations are open to children 12 years of age and older in the United States, doctors at a children’s hospital in Miami say none of the people he has received in that age group have been vaccinated.