BREAKING NEWS: Leon County Schools Withdraws from Appeal of Mask Mandate Ruling

BREAKING NEWS: Leon County Schools Withdraws from Appeal of Mask Mandate Ruling

Superintendent Rocky Hanna has announced that Leon County Schools (LCS) is withdrawing from the appeal process of the DOAH ruling in regards to the State Department of Health Emergency Rule.

The announcement came via the LCS Twitter account just before noon on Tuesday.

It was reported on Monday that several school boards – including LCS – had moved quickly to appeal the judge’s decision that upheld a Florida Department of Health rule aimed at preventing student mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorneys for the school boards filed a notice Friday taking the case to the 4th District Court of Appeal.

The notice said the appeal was being filed by the school boards in Miami-Dade, Leon, Duval, Broward and Alachua counties. The Orange County School Board also has been a party in the case, but it was not listed as being part of the appeal.

However, on Tuesday morning – at 10:53 A.M. – Leon County School Board member Alva Striplin posted on her Twitter account that she was not consulted on the decision.

Striplin wrote, “This @LeonSchools Board member did NOT sign on to waste more taxpayer dollars on endless appeals in this power struggle against @GovRonDeSantis and @richardcorcoran, nor was I given the courtesy of voicing my opinion on this appeal.”

On Tuesday at 11:55 A.M., Leon County Schools released Hanna’s statement withdrawing from the appeal.

The Decision

In a 25-page decision Friday, Newman upheld the emergency rule, which, in part, said decisions to opt out of student mask requirements are at the “sole discretion” of parents or guardians. He wrote that the school boards “failed to prove that the emergency rule opt-out provisions facilitate the spread of COVID-19 in schools.”

“On the contrary, the evidence admitted in this case established that the emergency rule opt-out provisions strike the right balance by ensuring that the protocols that govern the control of COVID-19 in schools go no further than what is required to keep children safe and in school,” Newman wrote.

8 Responses to "BREAKING NEWS: Leon County Schools Withdraws from Appeal of Mask Mandate Ruling"

  1. It became no longer politically advantageous to oppose the state law, so they withdrew. It’s all politics, it’s not for our children.

  2. When you begin your argument with a lie, to wit; “… decisions that are overwhelmingly supported by our community”, then you’ve already lost the debate. It’s like a child admitting they lost at hopscotch then saying “yeah, well you’re ugly”.

    I’ve no no evidence whatsoever of overwhelming community support for the unconstitutional, tyrannical, and harmful decisions made by the Fool Board and their Stupidintendant.

    That these progressive puppets cannot even admit that they were wrong, is all the more reason that they must all go… for the safety of our children if not our future.

  3. The FL Dept of Education wrote that LCSB complied and they will release all the money including Hanna and the rest of the Boards withheld back pay.
    Basically DeSaintis kicked some leftist Leon County butts!!! BEST GOVERNOR EVER!!!!

  4. It’s just a guess, but I think they might be paying attention to last Tuesday’s elections. Its too late for that Rocky, your narrow little backside is done, son.

  5. Filthy, lying, despicable, child abusing, Branch Covidian cultist Scruel Board Kommissars and Stupidintendent were handed their lunches. Now to go after the Branch Covidian Cult parents who continue to insist on abusing their own kids by sending their children to these government indoctrination centers wearing a magical talisman of protection. Sadly, we all know the Cultists in this filthy Capital District far outnumber the sane, critical thinkers. What’s even worse is these Kommissars and Stupidintendent will do everything in their power to promote the death jabs on our children, despite what the Governor has already announced. They have already allowed the establishment of Tranny madness in our scruels. The level of diabolical evil these cultists have caused on our children, our most innocent victims, will go down as a truly dark time in our history.

  6. Hanna says he no longer wants to pursue a short term legal remedy to determine States’ rights vs. local control. I thought the case was about the absolute need for masks for the health of the children.

    I wonder what they are up to ….

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