DeSantis Issues Order Forbidding School Mask Mandates

July 31, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order that forbids school districts in the state from mandating masks this year.

He said parents must decide for themselves if their own children should wear masks in the classes this school year.

“It has harmed students,” DeSantis said of mandates. “Shouldn’t this be something parents decide?”

The order went into effect immediately It authorized Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to “pursue all legal means available to ensure school districts adhere to Florida law, including but not limited to withholding state funds from noncompliant school board violating any rules or agency action” taken at the Governor’s direction.

DeSantis said many students were harmed without direct face-to-face interactions in classrooms.

“It’s something that a lot of parents have been frustrated about, that a lot of students have been frustrated about,” DeSantis said. “I’ve had a lot of kids come up to me saying we don’t want to wear the masks going forward.”

“The federal government has no right to tell parents that in order for their kids to attend school in person, they must be forced to wear a mask all day, every day,” said DeSantis. “Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect the ability of parents to make decisions regarding the wearing of masks by their children.”

Read the complete executive order by clicking or tapping here.


53 Responses to “DeSantis Issues Order Forbidding School Mask Mandates”

  1. Dean on August 4th, 2021 10:59 am

    More are finally being vaccinated. Not enough yet but more. And more are wearing masks. You ignorant folks are soon going to be shunned and locked out of most everything, if you survive this virus long enough to be segregated from rational society. We will not allow your stupidity to continue to endanger the rest of us. It’s just that simple. Watch as we defy the actions of this Governor. He will not lead us with his selfish, power driven motives!

  2. Laughing at you on August 4th, 2021 2:44 am

    It amazes me that sooooo many folks have no common sense. If a mask will prevent you from getting sick—why not? Are you willing to play russian roulette with your life? If a vaccine will stop you from dying why the hell not? Or do you have a suicide wish? I guess it is true what they say–you just can’t fix stupid.

  3. NobodyInParticular on August 3rd, 2021 7:31 am

    Hahahahaha yall are gonna be real mad when we reelect him for another term, and that makes me laugh.

  4. Steve in Warrington on August 2nd, 2021 7:49 pm

    Some points to consider.
    - A Subject is owned by ones government. A citizen owns the government.
    - For a leftist/communist state to work at all, the population must be mostly obedient to authority. Accepting government ownership of your children is such a step.
    - Desires for state control of personal choices are the attempt to prepare the population for leftist takeover and destruction of personal freedoms. That it is implemented step by step rather than all at once makes no difference.
    -Removing freedoms is a hard clear choice with absolute real consequences that will be felt far into the future. This crisis will end, but the freedoms we lose now will stay gone.
    - Think hard. Choose wisely.

  5. William 2 on August 2nd, 2021 1:37 pm

    No one is stopping you or children from wearing mask!!! If, you are doing what you are supposed to do, then you have nothing to worry about!!!!

    @David Hule Green Apparently, the shots don’t work, even when injected in people or the fully vaccinated wouldn’t be reinfected!!!!

  6. All41 on August 2nd, 2021 12:08 pm

    Jim, are you saying everyone has the right to choose what happens with their body? You are absolutely right! Regardless whether we’re talking vaccines or abortion.

  7. Lee on August 2nd, 2021 10:47 am

    @Jim. What about anti markers and the unvaccinated who infect a pregnant woman?

  8. Jim on August 2nd, 2021 7:28 am

    DB and All41 vaccines and abortion are not the same thing. Vaccines extend lives. Abortions terminates them

  9. DB on August 2nd, 2021 5:09 am

    @All41 exactly. It appears freedom and choice only applies to what you want freedom and choice to be. Not all things.

  10. ColdHardFacts on August 1st, 2021 7:05 pm

    The reason you wear a mask is not to protect you from getting infected, but rather to prevent you from infecting others. So, if you send your child to school and he or she is infected, there is a near certain chance that other children will be infected.

    So when DeSantis forbids local authorities from issuing mask mandates, he is NOT following the science, no matter how loudly he says he is. All he is doing is pandering to those of you who hide your disregard for anyone else behind the mask of “freedom”.

  11. masks up on August 1st, 2021 6:44 pm

    When needing medical advice listen to the medical experts. Its just common sence. All you have to do is look at who is filling up the hospitals and you know they are right and who’s been steering you wrong!

  12. David Huie Green on August 1st, 2021 3:42 pm

    “If the shots worked then this should be yesterday’s news”

    It turns out that they only work if injected in people.


    And, of course, many children are not allowed to be vaccinated because the vaccines haven’t passed Phase Three testing and approval yet.

  13. All41 on August 1st, 2021 2:47 pm

    It’s interesting, had this pandemic never occurred we would never know how some men would respond to someone telling them what to do with their bodies. I think this virus has exposed us for who we really are. The focus has always been on a woman’s right to choose. Allow women to make their own decisions. Be respectful of everyone’s decision.

  14. All41 on August 1st, 2021 1:31 pm

    Governor DeSantis believes parents should make the decision for children to wear a mask. Possibly, get the virus or not. Personal decisions a family should make! What about a woman’s right to choose. It’s wonderful knowing you folks finally acknowledge a woman’s right to choose. After all, it is her body. Like it’s your body and your choice not to get the vaccine. Folks, let’s not be Hippocrates!

  15. TDG on August 1st, 2021 12:33 pm

    @Michelle “Things have gone straight downhill since Biden got in there.” What would some examples of these things which have gone downhill be?

  16. Paula Riley on August 1st, 2021 12:02 pm

    Everyone needs to be aware of the virus coming into our country. These people are sick as been reported and many can go wherever they want. Can’t blame this on DeSantis. Can’t help but wonder if these people are included in the numbers showing the upswing.

  17. Jennie Brooks on August 1st, 2021 9:47 am

    @Lee I couldn’t have said it better

  18. All41 on August 1st, 2021 9:36 am

    I totally agree with everyone’s right to choose. Mask or no mask. Vaccine or no vaccine. Your choice! Now, what about a woman’s right to choose?

  19. A Alex on August 1st, 2021 2:26 am

    WRONG, betting come mid September our cases are overwelmed in all ages.Vax patients above 30% of the new cases with no end in sight. Governor, are you related to the New York governor that sent all those to nursing homes. GOD HELP US ALL

  20. Derek on July 31st, 2021 10:07 pm

    Why are Americans such big babies about masks? What a strange hill to (literally) die on. Enjoy your ventilator, idiots.

  21. john on July 31st, 2021 9:57 pm

    Mask this! Mask that! What about your soul? Have you made provision for it? One of you reading this might die in your sleep tonight. Heaven or Hell? Turn to Jesus!

  22. Thomas Paine on July 31st, 2021 6:54 pm

    21,000 new COVID cases in Florida just today.

    Parents that don’t mask their children for school should be charged with child abuse and endangerment.

    DeSantis is risking your child’s life for political gain and you’re eating it up. Gross.

  23. All you haters on July 31st, 2021 6:42 pm

    Some of you people have no sense at all! No one is stopping you or your children from wearing a mask! Besides, you’re more likely to be infected by your hands than through respiratory means. You should be telling your child that their hands are more than likely how they will get sick with the virus. Because kids are the worst about keeping their hands clean.
    All of the hate directed at Governor De Santis is uncalled for, he isn’t doing anything to hurt you, your children or anyone else, he is being an American and giving you a choice!!! So, if you want to mask up, good for you, but mind your own business. Tell your children to mask up, no one will make them take it off, this is a free society, not a dictatorship.
    I mean seriously, if you are doing what you are supposed to do, why are you worrying about everyone else? You can live in fear if you want, but everyone else is going with their lives, living the best they can instead of hiding in fear. Like with previous epidemics and pandemics, this one will have to run its course.

  24. Willis on July 31st, 2021 6:01 pm

    Good call

    We all should have the choice to wear a mask or not.
    I shouldn’t tell you to take yours off and you shouldn’t tell me to put one on!

  25. Jim on July 31st, 2021 5:03 pm

    Sounds like a whole bunch of folks here would be much happier in some blue state where the federal government is allowed to tell you what to think, what to believe, how and when to act, where your only question is, “How high?” So much easier than thinking for yourselves, huh?

  26. ThePreachersWife on July 31st, 2021 4:53 pm

    Appreciate this! Great job, Governor. It is a parental decision, not the government!

  27. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on July 31st, 2021 4:43 pm

    Thank you Governor DeSantis. No, I have no school age children, but I am glad he is doing this. Lots of common sense, this Governor has, just like Trump.

  28. Freedom of Choice. on July 31st, 2021 4:26 pm

    @ Michelle,,,I agree with you 100%.Freedom of Choice

  29. NPC on July 31st, 2021 4:05 pm

    Believe what you wish but political favoritism seems to overwhelm common sense. If masks were as effective as some thought then this should be yesterday’s news. If the shots worked then this should be yesterday’s news. Yeaterdays news becomes today’s headlines when our choices are requirements made by those who are clueless during to their political affiliation.

  30. Heather on July 31st, 2021 2:46 pm

    @Vicky You don’t think germs go to private school?

  31. D Lee on July 31st, 2021 2:20 pm

    Our Governor DeSantis is the best!!!
    We as Americans should make our own decisions based on what is best for our family. In my opinion children should never have to wear a mask!

  32. Michelle on July 31st, 2021 2:06 pm

    TRUMP DESANTIS 2024 !! We need our Country back again ! I’m thankful for my Governor ! Stand up y’all ! Things have gone straight downhill since Biden got in there. I thought Obama was the worst President we have ever had , Biden is right up there with him !

  33. BRING IT ON on July 31st, 2021 1:59 pm

    The CDC , FDA, and the fools in DC and their “follow the science nonsense”has no credibility but our Governor not only has credibility but also common sense. WAY TO GO DESANTIS.

  34. D Lee on July 31st, 2021 1:51 pm

    I am so thankful for Governor DeSantis!!!
    He is using common sense!
    God Bless America

  35. Concerned Citizen on July 31st, 2021 1:48 pm

    Greatest Governor ever, wish he was Governor of Alabama. All decisions should be by the child’s parents, this is the land of the free, not the land of Government mandate.

  36. Freedom of choice. on July 31st, 2021 1:23 pm

    DeSantis made the right decision, now its up to each individual to do what you think is best for you and your child you want your child to wear a mask all day every day in school well then mask them up ,your child your choice, my child my and my child’s choice. Freedom of choice.

  37. Stephen on July 31st, 2021 1:07 pm

    Apparently some folks in this thread lack reading comprehension skills. The governor did NOT ban kids from wearing mask. He banned kids from being forced to wear mask. If you feel safer with your child wearing a mask then make them wear a mask.

    Thanks goodness we have a governor that allows us to make our own decisions when it comes to our own health.

  38. Stumpknocker on July 31st, 2021 1:05 pm

    @pencil actually your wrong New York has led in the death toll for covid, and as far as not liking the state of Florida you have 49 others to choose from. Try California on for size , lol .

  39. charlie robinson on July 31st, 2021 11:53 am

    love our governor!

  40. Sherry on July 31st, 2021 10:58 am

    What a great Governor!!!!! If masks really protected anyone from covid then parents who want their children to mask up should feel safe.

  41. Gene on July 31st, 2021 9:57 am

    “Protect out children” amazing how you know you had Delta variant? My wife just went through this in the worse possible way and All Dr’s said there is No test ro tell if you have it. (This week) we still support our Governor and this decision fully!

  42. Protect your children on July 31st, 2021 9:26 am

    Ron DeSantis doesn’t care one bit about anyone’s children but his own. Speaking as someone who is just recovering from this Delta variant of Covid-19, you parents had better do what is best for your children because this thing is nothing to play with. This is one of the worst things that I’ve ever had to deal with and the bad thing is that you may feel alright one day and then feel like you’re at death’s door the next. If you love your children, then please protect them as well as yourselves. I am 100 percent serious.

  43. Rasheed Jackson on July 31st, 2021 9:26 am

    Finally, a person in government that understands personal rights. If you feel the need to wear a mask by all means, wear one. If you feel a need to social distance your choice. If you have an immune system that is compromised, then you need to continue to protect yourself. Before covid individuals who were immunodeficient took steps to protect themselves. We all need to take steps to protect ourselves and at the same time respect those who have special needs when it comes to health. Taking away our freedom and liberties is not the answer.

  44. seriously? on July 31st, 2021 8:59 am

    “It has harmed students” Really?! Has it? Or is this just about flexing to get more people on your side? I cannot stand DeSantis and this action would CERTAINLY harm students! How do you keep your children safe in a world with others like this in charge? Even if parents make the right decision and their children wear masks, it will not do very much to help if a majority decide not to. We have to come together to get through this and DeSantis is risking lives with this mess! Sickening!

  45. Lee on July 31st, 2021 8:39 am

    Good old Reckless-Ron does it again.

  46. Vicky on July 31st, 2021 8:32 am

    This is sad . I bet his kid’s don’t go to public school

  47. EMD on July 31st, 2021 8:28 am

    Good for you Governor DeSantis. Thank you so very much for not going along with Draconian nonsense.

  48. pencil on July 31st, 2021 8:18 am

    Florida is #1 in the nation in COVID cases but DeSantis is still playing politics with kids lives! I guess it doesn’t matter if they can’t vote.

  49. Kathy on July 31st, 2021 6:42 am

    Thank you Governor DeSantis! Parents should be able to make this decision, not the government.

  50. bob in baker on July 31st, 2021 6:09 am

    Seems like De Santis is trying to get our children and teachers killed. Too bad he cares more about being elected than doing what will keep us safe.

  51. JTV on July 31st, 2021 4:59 am

    Bravo Governor DeSantis.

  52. Bob on July 31st, 2021 3:23 am

    Just when I think our governor couldn’t get any more shameful.

    Mask mandates should be decision left for our local communities.

  53. Dd on July 31st, 2021 1:55 am

    Way to keep us free Mr. Governor, in a world that loves to own and preach what you should do and need to do. All I need to do is die and pay taxes so keep my freedom and choices as just that, freedom and choices! Thanks Governor for again taking it back to the way things were meant to be according to our founding fathers. I’m sure people will disagree with this comment with all there scientific computer knowledge, but yet again, that would be another right our founding fathers gifted us with. I got my opinion and you got yours.

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