23 September (WNN) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will follow a new “symptom-based approach” to drop students, adding that parents will decide whether their children who do not display symptoms should be treated with a confirmed case. After coming in close contact with him should stay at home. COVID-19 case.
The Republican governor announced the new rule during a press conference on Wednesday, when newly appointed Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo published the new emergency rule that morning, stating that removal of healthy students from classes should be limited because it ” There is a danger to the welfare of the children.” including their social, emotional and educational development, and not necessarily absent illness.”
DeSantis said removing children from classrooms is “incredibly disruptive” not only to the student’s education but to their parents’ livelihoods and the successful conduct of the school year.
“Leaving out healthy students is incredibly damaging to their educational advancement. It’s incredibly disruptive to families throughout the state of Florida, but especially in central Florida, and so we’re going to follow a symptom-based approach. are,” he said. “If a parent has a healthy child, that child has a right to go to school, and that’s going to make it so much better for so many people.”
Ladapo, who has been critical of COVID-19 mitigation measures including masks and vaccines, said he shares a similar vision with regards to the costs and benefits related to the pandemic as governor.
They said they respect that some parents may feel less comfortable sending their children to school after being exposed to the virus, so the new rule allows them to stay at home.
“The new rule also allows for parents who feel more comfortable having their healthy child return to school,” he said.
Alachua County Public Schools superintendent Carly Simon criticized the new rule on Wednesday, saying it would likely fuel the spread of the virus by preventing them from enforcing quarantine and masking rules.
“In fact, the state is doubling down on policies that could ultimately put students, staff, and the entire community at greater risk,” Simon said. via twitter.
She said they would review the new rule, although “we will continue to follow the masking and quarantine policies currently in place in our schools.”
The announcement of the new rule comes amid litigation over DeSantis’ controversial rule excluding local mask mandates in schools.
The federal Department of Education has launched investigations into Florida and four other states that have implemented policies preventing schools from issuing mask mandates.
During Wednesday’s press conference, DeSantis was confident he would beat the legal challenges.
“There’s still a trial going on, but we’re going to win that case,” he said.