Following the passage of a new rule by the Florida Department of Health that allows parents to decide whether to quarantine their COVID-19-exposed children, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association is speaking out. In a statement shared with Orlando Weekly, the teachers union accused the state government of playing "Russian roulette" with the health of students, faculty and the larger community.
Orange County recently bucked rules set by the state of Florida around requiring masks. Though the administration of Ron DeSantis threatened to pull funding from districts that imposed mask mandates, the School Board voted to make masking mandatory through October 30 with the backing of the CTA.
Since then, the ban on mask mandates has wound its way through Florida courts. It was initially overturned by a Leon County judge, before being appealed by the DeSantis administration. Though that same judge ordered that the mask ban be lifted during appeal for the safety of Florida's children and parents, a higher court ruled that the ban would remain in place until a decision was reached.
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