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'Literally losing our workforce': Florida schools defy DeSantis' anti-mask order

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida school districts are moving to resist Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order barring schools from implementing mask requirements for kids, setting up a fight with the Republican governor who has resisted any Covid-related mandates.

Late Tuesday night, school board members in Alachua County in north Florida voted to require all students to wear masks during the first two weeks of school. And Wednesday morning, Leon County, which includes Tallahassee, announced it’s seeking a mandatory mask rule for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Both are direct rejections of DeSantis’ executive order prohibiting schools from enacting mask requirements for students.

“I don’t think that we need to get in any kind of match with the governor,” said Robert Hyatt, a school board member in Alachua County, where two custodians died from the virus in the last few days. “To me, it’s not being defiant. It’s being reactive to what the situation is.”

Even the Broward County School District,........

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