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Broward Schools Approve Mask Mandate, Palm Beach County Next?

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Boca Raton Teachers Fear Unmasked Kids Will Bully Masked Kids If Masks Remain Optional. “The Anti-Masking Parents Are Horrible!”

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BROWARD COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Broward County School Board earlier this evening voted to reinstate a mandatory mask policy when the school year starts in just a few weeks. The move comes amidst surging COVID-19 infections and death in the state.

Broward, like Palm Beach County, had originally planned to institute an “optional” mask policy as the school year began.

The Palm Beach County School Board has not yet taken similar action, but sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that there is increasing concern that an “optional” policy is a recipe for disaster.

Teachers contacting BocaNewsNow.com said there are many issues, but one is bullying.

”We are going to have bullying that we can’t do anything about,” said a Boca Raton area elementary school teacher. “When you have parents who are misleading their kids and telling them that masks do nothing, and other parents are telling their kids to wear a mask, there’s no question that the unmasked are going to bully the masked kids.”

The teacher added that there is a general sense among other area staffers that anti-masking parents will encourage their kids to behave poorly.

”The anti-masking parents are horrible,” said the teacher. “We never blame kids for what their parents do, but if an anti-masking parent tells their kid to disobey teacher instructions, or bully kids who are wearing masks, we’re going to have problems unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”

Dr. Debra Robinson, a medical doctor who sits on the school board, has been uncharacteristically silent on the masking issue. She spent much of the 2020-2021 school year pushing for stricter, science-based rules and regulations. She did not respond to a request for comment about masking from BocaNewsNow.com.

Earlier Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that forcing kids to mask is “bad policy.” He claimed — incorrectly — that masks are tied to developmental issues in children.

Among comments we’ve received from anti-maskers today:

“Absolutely not. We don’t mask our children during flu season ( which never happened last year) and they are more likely to get sick from the flu. You are free to wear a mask ( or several), get vaccinated, stay home and live in fear. I am free to live my life as I choose.”

”Kindly submit the science that explains how 50¢ masks are going to protect you from COVID.”

And from a parent for a mask mandate:

”No mask mandate, no mandated vaccines for school staff will cause me to keep my five year old at home until he is vaccinated. The price of an online school experience is small compared to the value of my child’s life and long-term health. If this disregard for science continues we will be selling and moving back to Michigan. If I can’t trust the school district to provide a safe learning environment I certainly can’t trust them to provide a high quality education. 
I am appalled at professionals like Dr. Alonso and Mr. Barbieri who let uninformed and unruly parents influence them to forgo their professional responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of children.”


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