•   
  •   

World Education Secretary Cardona Supports Mask Wearing as Schools Reopen: 'Let's Do What Works'

16:21  06 september  2021
16:21  06 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Democrats in This Red State Learned to Fight Back Over COVID-19

  Democrats in This Red State Learned to Fight Back Over COVID-19 Coronavirus infections are on the rise. Vaccination rates are lagging. Hospitals are filling up—and so are morgues. And yet a stubborn, right-wing governor not only refuses to take action to limit the virus’ transmission, he’s actively battling local authorities trying to protect their own communities. No, this isn’t Florida or Texas we’re talking about. It’s another Republican-led Southern state suffering a devastating summer COVID-19 surge: South Carolina. But as in Florida and Texas, communities in South Carolina are fighting back.

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona supports mask mandates for students if it means getting kids back to in-person learning even as COVID-19 cases see a resurgence across all age groups, he told reporters on Thursday.

a man sitting at a table: Students sit behind barriers and use tablets during an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California. The school of 445 students implemented a hybrid learning model, with approximately 60 percent of students returning to in an in-person classroom learning environment with Covid-19 safety measures including face masks, social distancing, plexiglass barriers around desks, outdoor spaces, and schedule changes. © Patrick T. FALLON / AFP/Getty Images Students sit behind barriers and use tablets during an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California. The school of 445 students implemented a hybrid learning model, with approximately 60 percent of students returning to in an in-person classroom learning environment with Covid-19 safety measures including face masks, social distancing, plexiglass barriers around desks, outdoor spaces, and schedule changes.

"Let's do what we know works," Cardona told reporters at the White House. "I'll tell you what works—when you wear masks, when you provide distancing, when you are testing regularly and when you're quarantining, you can function in school."

Florida Parents Head to Court This Week to Fight DeSantis' Ban on School Mask Mandates

  Florida Parents Head to Court This Week to Fight DeSantis' Ban on School Mask Mandates A ruling may come as early as the end of this week, and it could affect all school children across the state. Your browser does not support this video Lawyers for DeSantis and state officials, who were named as defendants in the suit, argued that parents did not have any legal standing to sue the governor over an issue between the state and dozens of Florida school boards.In their failed motion to dismiss, attorneys for DeSantis also insisted that the executive order banning masks was intended to allow parents the freedom to choose whether their children should wear a mask.

Several states, including Florida and Texas, have threatened to pull funding from schools that have considered masking requirements as students begin to head back to classrooms for the fall.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican rumored to be eyeing a future run for president, issued an executive order this week that directs the state Department of Education and Department of Health to give parents the power to decide whether their children wear face coverings in class.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, also a Republican, has issued an executive order that prohibits schools or any other governmental entities from requiring masks.

Meanwhile, some states are reopening schools with mask mandates in place. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this week that all students and teachers will be required to wear masks while indoors at school.

School boards are in open revolt against Ron DeSantis’s anti-mask crusade

  School boards are in open revolt against Ron DeSantis’s anti-mask crusade Many of Florida’s most populous counties don’t want their children to get Covid.“If the consequence is ultimately my job, my salary, I’m willing to accept that, but I’m not willing to bend on my conviction,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said about prioritizing students’ health over DeSantis’s order.

Cardona joined the White House press briefing to tout safety measures that the federal government is recommending to get students back in classrooms following a break for the coronavirus pandemic.

"Don't be the reason why schools are interrupted—our kids have suffered enough," he said. "Politics doesn't have a role in this—educators know what to do."


Video: Illinois mandates school masks, some vaccinations (Associated Press)

The Education Department has been in touch with officials in Texas and Florida about their policies and is trying to work with them, Cardona said.

"I want to make sure those students have access to in-person learning," he said. "At the end of the day, we're all in this together, and it's critically important that we have conversations with governors directly, with state chiefs directly. We want to be an ally, and make sure that we're supporting our students

3 Washington Schools Placed on Lockdown After Anti-Mask Protesters Tried to Enter Campus

  3 Washington Schools Placed on Lockdown After Anti-Mask Protesters Tried to Enter Campus The protest took place after a parent had a confrontation with the school because her child refused to wear a mask, according to a Skyview High School spokesperson.Skyview High School, Alki Middle School, and Chinook Elementary School were placed into lockdown after the Thursday anti-mask protest as a safety precaution, Skyview High School said in a statement that was shared with parents and obtained by Newsweek.

COVID-19 has killed nearly 612,000 people in the United States and cases are surging amid the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccinations are available to anyone 12 and older. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, about 11 million people between the ages of 12 and 18 have gotten at least one vaccine dose.

Because of the recent surge in cases, experts have recommended even those who have been vaccinated wear masks indoors. Cardona said the issue goes beyond curbing the pandemic and extends to making people feel safe in the environment and returning kids to classrooms.

"They've suffered enough," Cardona said. "It's time for them to be in the classroom without disruption to their learning."

Related Articles

  • 2 Arkansas School Districts, 1 With Over 800 in COVID Quarantine, Sue State Over Mask Ban
  • Medical Blogger Suing Biden Administration Over Airplane Face Masks Calls Antibiotics a 'Crutch'
  • Ron DeSantis' Approval Rating Tanks as COVID Delta Variant Ravages Florida
  • A Doomsday COVID Variant Worse Than Delta and Lambda May Be Coming, Scientists Say

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

U.S. Dept. of Education Investigates if Florida's Mask Mandate Ban Hurts Disabled Students .
The investigation centers on if Florida is "preventing school districts in the state from considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities."The statement said in a statement that the investigation centers around whether or not the Florida Department of Education may be "preventing school districts in the state from considering or meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

usr: 1
This is interesting!