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Judge: DeSantis Overstepped Authority on Mask Mandates

Florida judge says school districts can impose them

(Newser) - School districts in Florida may impose mask mandates, a judge said Friday, ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an executive order banning the mandates, per the AP . Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that...

Defiant Siblings Banned From High School Over Masks

Drew and Victoria Nelson say wearing face coverings goes against their Christian beliefs

(Newser) - Students likely didn't expect their first day of school at Springs Charter School to kick off with a lockdown. But that's exactly what happened at the school in Temecula, Calif., after two siblings refused to wear face masks, a violation of the California Department of Public Health's...

Student's Father Charged in Mask Clash at High School

Demonstrator was filming his daughter trying to defy Florida district's mandate

(Newser) - An anti-mask demonstrator was jailed and charged with aggravated child abuse after an officer said he shoved a student during a clash outside a Florida high school. Dan Bauman, 50, was filming his daughter's attempt to enter Fort Lauderdale High School on Wednesday morning while not wearing a mask,...

Man's Response at Contentious School Board Meeting: Strip

James Akers made his point on masks by showing how he didn't want to follow other everyday rules

(Newser) - School board meetings around the country have been going off the rails on COVID safety protocols, and now it's Texas' turn. The San Marcos Daily Record notes that even though Monday's gathering for the Dripping Springs Independent School District was meant to focus on such mundane agenda items...

Schwarzenegger Loses Sponsor Over Anti-Masker Comments

REDCON1 didn't like 'screw your freedoms' line

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger's feelings on anti-maskers have cost him a sponsor. Sports supplement brand REDCON1 announced it will be pulling out of the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition next month, USA Today reports. The company's founder says REDCON1 is a "patriotic pro-freedom brand" and backs "freedom of choice....

Melissa Joan Hart, Vaccinated But Sick With COVID: 'Do Better'

Sabrina star worried that her kid is infected, mad that he didn't have to wear a mask

(Newser) - Melissa Joan Hart has COVID, and she’s “really mad,” she said. The Sabrina the Teenage Witch star posted an Instagram video from bed looking sad but composed, revealing her diagnosis. She said she thinks she may have caught it from one of the three sons she shares...

Health Officials Slam 'Irresponsible' Workarounds on Mask Rules

Doctors, religious and community leaders, school officials, others helping parents circumvent masking

(Newser) - An Oregon school superintendent is telling parents they can get their children out of wearing masks by citing federal disability law. A pastor at a California megachurch is offering religious exemptions for anyone morally conflicted over vaccine requirements. And Louisiana's attorney general has posted sample letters on his office'...

Florida Goes After Salaries in School Mask Fight

State warns districts amounts equal to board members' pay will be withheld

(Newser) - Florida officials are threatening to withhold funds equal to the salaries of school board members if school districts in two counties don't immediately do away with strict mask mandates as the state continues to battle through high hospitalization rates. School boards in Broward and Alachua counties received a warning...

Man Gives Nazi Salute at Michigan School Board Meeting

It followed another in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - An audience member was booted Tuesday from a school board meeting in Birmingham, Mich., where an indoor mask mandate was passed, after giving a Nazi salute. Suzanne Busdiecker had joined a friend at the podium at the Birmingham Public Schools board meeting as the friend spoke in support of the...

After a Week, 8K Students in Florida District Are Quarantined
Florida's School Mask
Drama Heats Up

Florida's School Mask Drama Heats Up

Miami-Dade and Hillsborough school districts defy governor's ban

(Newser) - Two of Florida's biggest school districts have decided to join others that have defied Gov. Ron DeSantis and brought in mask mandates. In the Tampa-area Hillsborough County district, which has around 213,000 students, some 8,400 students and more than 300 teachers are in isolation after testing positive...

Administration Decides Strategy Against States on School Masks

Education secretary says Biden has told him to use every power

(Newser) - Days after demonstrating it had little ability to stop state prohibitions of mask mandates in schools, the Biden administration said it will use its civil rights enforcement authority in the battle. In support of the school districts implementing mandates in spite of the state orders, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona...

'Meet the Teacher' Event Gets Ugly Over Masks

Parent rips mask off teacher in Texas, superintendent pleads for all to 'be kind'

(Newser) - Simmering tensions over mask rules in a Texas school district culminated Tuesday in a parent ripping off a teacher's face covering, an echo of a similar incident in California . "A parent physically assaulted a teacher by ripping a mask off her face," Tom Leonard, superintendent of the...

Florida to Punish 2 School Districts for Mask Mandates
Texas District Finds Loophole
in Ban on Mask Mandates

Texas District Finds Loophole in Ban on Mask Mandates

As school mask drama continues in other states as well

(Newser) - The two Florida school districts requiring masks, in defiance of Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order banning such mandates, could be punished over the issue. State education officials determined Tuesday that Broward and Alachua county school districts are in violation of state law, the Washington Post reports. The Florida Board of...

Good News! You'll Be Wearing Masks on Planes Into 2022

TSA extends order that was scheduled to expire Sept. 13

(Newser) - Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Transportation Security Administration's current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the mandate will...

Governor Slams 'Wrong Approach' on Masks, Issues Exec Order

Tennessee's Bill Lee signs executive order allowing parents to opt out of mask mandates in schools

(Newser) - Tennessee's governor calls it "frustrating" and "disheartening" that this school year is starting once more mired in talk of COVID—but he's relying on the "character" of Tennesseans to carry the state through. What Bill Lee isn't relying on: face masks in schools, signing...

Official: Dad Attacked Teacher After Mask Dispute on School's First Day

Parent was agitated when he saw young daughter come out of school wearing one

(Newser) - The first day of school is supposed to be filled with excitement for the new school year. At one California elementary school this week, that excitement was marred by violence after a parent attacked a teacher over face masks, reports NBC News . The incident at Sutter Creek Elementary School, located...

CDC: 90% of Counties Are in Mask Territory

Under CDC guidelines based on transmission rates, people there should wear masks indoors

(Newser) - The quickly spreading delta variant of the coronavirus has lifted most US counties into infection rates that necessitate the wearing of masks indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. "Over 90% of counties in the United States are experiencing substantial or high transmission," Dr. Rochelle...

Schwarzenegger Has Choice Words for Anti-Maskers

'Screw your freedom'

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger has been pushing vaccinations for a while now, and he sounds a little fed up with those ignoring the pleas of public health officials in regard to COVID. In an appearance on CNN , Schwarzenegger unloaded on those citing their own civil liberties, reports SF Gate .
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YouTube Dumps Rand Paul for a Week Over Mask Misinfo

GOP senator calls his weeklong booting a 'badge of honor'

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene isn't the only Republican lawmaker who's temporarily lost social media privileges . On Tuesday, the same day that Twitter placed the Georgia congresswoman on a seven-day break for posting misinformation on the COVID vaccine, GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received his own weeklong suspension from...

Florida School District Defies Governor With Mask Mandate

Broward is requiring them, with opt-outs only for medical reasons

(Newser) - Broward County is keeping its school district's mask mandate, despite Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatening to punish districts that defy his ban on such mandates . The school board voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of keeping the mandate, which allows only for medical opt-outs, Local 10 reports. "We are...

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