Posted in Mission, Thoughts About Children

Our District… Alachua County says no to Governor!!!

Carlee Simon, superintendent of Alachua County Schools, listens to the start of a school board meeting Tuesday night where th board voted for a two-week mask mandate for students as they prepare to start a new school year amid spiking cases of COVID-19…


The new mask mandate would begin on Aug 10 — the first day of school — and be evaluated at the next board meeting Aug. 17, when the district could require masks further into the school year. The 4-0 vote came late Tuesday…

So proud of my former district thinking of our children… teachers and staff …Our governor is making reckless decisions, that are impacting our lives, especially our children!

Superintendent Carlee Simon said the decision was made after discovering that there were around 20 positive cases among district staff and that two custodians had recently died from COVID-19…

Within the order, if a school board chooses not to comply then the district is at risk of losing state funding…

“If you want the district to be able to continue to run as usual, we need to have the mask that’s why I made that decision, and this is something that I think the board needs to consider with our students,” Simon said…

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy Pediatric Association have encouraged that universal masking be required for all students, preschool through grade 12…

Parents appeal: Alachua parents rally for safe schools, urge school board to consider mask mandate

Before the school board meeting Tuesday, parents rallied at Bo Diddley Plaza to advocate for a safe school return, urging a mask mandate…

Dr. Adrienne Mott-Younge, a pediatrician at UF Health and a member of the School Health Advisory Committee, said to the board that a mask mandate was needed because of the emergence of the new delta variant and because of the growing number of children who are now contracting the virus…

What is even more concerning…our government is not releasing the data of Covid cases accurately so schools and parents can make decisions…

This is a very challenging beginning for our schools…

Our Hope is President Biden’s leadership! He is providing extra funds from the American Rescue Plan to our schools…And it really is up to all of us to protect our children…


We can… vaccinate, wear our masks…And …#voteblue2022 here in Florida…💙🌊🙏🏼🇺🇸

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Retired elementary, public school teacher; all thirty-eight years in Florida... Now spending my time advocating for our children, and their right to strong public school education...With an appreciation for the arts and the beauty in each day…

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