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Palm Beach is a blue county in an more and more crimson Florida. In 2020, they selected Joe Biden over Donald Trump 56-43, and in 2016 they picked Hillary Clinton 56-41.  

So it’s stunning that Palm Beach County is concerned in such a passionate combat concerning the masking of youngsters in faculties. 

In most blue areas, the place masking has lengthy turn into a advantage sign as an alternative of a security measure, youngsters are masked as a matter after all. In New York City, youngsters should masks in class even whereas outdoor and even whereas socially distanced. There are not any protests about this, no contentious public conferences. The masked aspect has clearly received and those that don’t wish to needlessly masks their youngsters have few choices.  

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New York State has a blanket masks mandate for faculties, no college districts can choose out, no personal faculties could make a distinct selection. But in Palm Beach, the mother and father are preventing and they’re preventing onerous. 

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The college board conferences have turn into legendary affairs the place emotional however very well-spoken mother and father convey proof, present examples of different nations which have dropped youngster masking, and attempt to have interaction with a college board that’s brazenly ignoring the need of the individuals.  

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One of the extra outspoken pro-mask members of the college board, ​​Alexandria Ayala, was photographed lately partying maskless in a big crowd on the swanky Breakers Palm Beach. Outrage ensued. Ayala took to Twitter to argue she nonetheless believes in masking youngsters at college. “Vaccinated adults around other vaccinated people can go maskless. But until students are vaxxed, they need to stay masked.”  

Of course, all knowledge reveals unvaccinated youngsters have a good decrease danger of a poor COVID-19 end result than vaccinated adults. It’s this actual rejection of the info that has led individuals like Ayala to show masking right into a political assertion regardless that they themselves can’t preserve it.  

There are not any off-ramps for these masking guidelines. No finish date, no metric. It’s an ideology and no information alter the foundations.  

Two weeks in the past, a bunch referred to as The Florida Civil Rights Coalition “filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Palm Beach County, its Superintendent Michael Burke, and Board Chair Frank Barbieri Jr., on behalf of multiple parents and students in the Palm Beach County School District seeking declaratory and permanent injunctive relief against the school board’s unlawful mask mandate.”  

Parents have had sufficient. There are not any off-ramps for these masking guidelines. No finish date, no metric. It’s an ideology and no information alter the foundations.  

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It’s not simply Palm Beach County both. These lawsuits are occurring all around the nation. With names like “Let Them Breathe” in California and “Unmask our kids” in Connecticut, mother and father are organizing. And suing.