Lawsuit on reopening FL public schools will continue

Teacher with students, in a classroom. Credit: Getty Images.

A judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit over the reopening of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials — defendants in the case — had hoped to get the lawsuit dismissed, but that didn’t happen.

The Florida Education Association filed the lawsuit in late July, saying that a state emergency order sent to districts did not ensure students would be safe and secure, as the Florida Constitution states. The statewide teacher union has demanded that all schools have proper safety and sanitation practices and personal protective equipment before school buildings open.

As of Friday, at least 12 Florida school districts began their first week of school, with children in brick-and-mortar classrooms during the pandemic. Florida has 67 school districts. Some families around the state opted for online learning.

A school in Martin County, which opened Tuesday, sent a classroom home after a student started showing symptoms associated with COVID-19. The nine students in that classroom will be quarantined for 14 days, reported TC Palm Wednesday. The news outlet also said that children on a bus with the student who showed symptoms will do online learning for the next 14 days.

On Thursday, a private Christian school in Orange County confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case in school — a 9-year-old, reported WCTV9 in Orlando.

Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.