Governor Ron DeSantis has been a shining beacon of optimism for Florida residents throughout each and every step of the pandemic. While he has had good policies and good politics in the past, we would like to take this time to offer up a gentle nudge. There is nothing wrong with requiring vaccinations for your schoolteachers but that’s a more complicated task.
However, he is signing an executive order that puts the decision-making back in the hands of the parents. Schools cannot mandate masks for their students. “My wife and I are not gonna do the masks with the kids, we never have. I wanna see my kids smiling,” he said. The teacher mandate is what needs to come next.
Let’s face it, the teachers’ unions have been enjoying their past year or so. They have been throwing their weight around to a degree that did not happen in the past. Since the teachers have decided that they are not going to budge until they get safe schools to come back, it is time to issue a vaccine mandate. After all, this would make the schools much, much safer, wouldn’t it?
A mandate of this nature would save some lives and if they are unhappy? That’s too bad. You can’t claim that you care so deeply about the safety of our schools and then turn your nosed up at a mandate that is going to allow them to open more easily.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announces executive order to let parents decide on masks in schools:
“My wife and I are not gonna do the masks with the kids, we never have. I wanna see my kids smiling.” pic.twitter.com/KBSYXA3gCc
— The Recount (@therecount) July 30, 2021
“SF teachers’ union: Refused to re-open schools for a whole year unless they got access to vaccines (& pushed themselves to the front of the line ahead of other essential workers like MTA). Now defends the right of anti-vaxxers to expose your unvaccinated child to Delta variant,” Kim-Mai Cutler tweeted. We could not agree more. It was never about safety, it was about trying to strong-arm the school systems into bending to their whims.
Broward County’s school district voted in favor of mask mandates for schools, in an effort to remain in lockstep with CDC guidance. DeSantis made his announcement shortly thereafter. On the other hand, European countries and the World Health Organization have not gone along with these mandates, allowing parents to make their own choices. Children are being asked too much right now, especially when it comes to protecting the willingly vaccinated.
A fight is brewing with the Democrats and we will leave you with some final words from Governor DeSantis. He’s wise to frame this matter as a choice for parents, as opposed to a choice from Big Government:
“There’s no off-ramp. We were told that the off-ramp was vaccination. Now we’re told that that’s not going to be the case and now you’re going to have to do masking, you may have to do restrictions and other severe forms of mitigation that will have a devastating impact on so many people’s lives and livelihoods and freedoms. So CDC’s policies, by doing this so hamhandedly by not looking things like this Brown study, it really shows a callous disregard for the physical, emotional, and academic well-being of our children,” he said. “
SF teachers' union:
Refused to re-open schools for a whole year unless they got access to vaccines (& pushed themselves to the front of the line ahead of other essential workers like MTA).
Now defends the right of anti-vaxxers to expose your unvaccinated child to Delta variant. https://t.co/HrAsRFCKXu
— Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) July 30, 2021
They need to be put first. We had this whole year and a half where so many people in society wanted to put kids last. They wanted to impose most of the extreme mitigation on the kids that were the least likely to face any negative harm from this and, obviously, who were in very developmental stages where this could do a lot of potential damage. The forced masking, it has harmed students.”…
“And the question is, shouldn’t this be something the parent is best to evaluate the effect that this has on their children? Why would we have government force masks on our kids when many of these kids are already immune from prior infection, there is virtually zero risk of serious illness, and when virtually every school personnel, they’ve had access to vaccines for months and months,” DeSantis argued. “I want to empower parents to be able to make the best decisions they can for the well-being of their children… we need to make sure that the parents’ rights are protected. The parents have to come first.”