During a news conference earlier today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he’ll oppose mask mandates for Florida schools.
“We look forward to this upcoming year to be a normal year, to be in person and learn like normal kids,” DeSantis said. “There’s been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids. We’re not doing that in Florida. We need our kids to breathe.”
DeSantis claimed masks are “terribly” uncomfortable for children and make it hard for them to breathe.
“There’s not much science behind it,” he continued.
“Parents obviously can equip their kids to go to school however they want, but there shouldn’t be any coercive mandates on our schools,” he added.
In contrast, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all children over the age of two wear masks whether or not they are vaccinated.
AAP Council on School Health chair Sonja O’Leary said “We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers — and we all play a role in making sure it happens safely. Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking, and clean hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.”