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Florida mask debate split-screen: courtroom vs. classrooms

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 14:59:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The coronavirus is disrupting more classrooms in Florida, while lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis argue against school mask mandates in a Tallahassee courtroom.

Three more school districts announced hearings Tuesday to discuss stricter mask policies. Orange, Pinellas and Monroe counties may join eight other districts in defying the Republican governor, who wants parents to decide whether their children wear masks in school.

Together the three districts have more than 3,000 students who were abruptly sent home after positive tests or exposure.

A Florida judge is hearing three days of arguments before ruling on a lawsuit by parents in favor of universal masking