ORLANDO, Florida – The Orange County Teachers Union says there are concerns about the children returning to class next week, with the number of COVID-19 cases increasing in Florida.
Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday signed an executive order prohibiting school districts from imposing mask warrants.
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Teachers’ union officials said the district is following the governor’s orders, meaning the children will all be back in class in a week without masks.
A union representative said that with the increase in the number of cases, especially in children 12 and under who are not eligible for the vaccine, many parents and teachers are uncomfortable.
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The union representative said there was no plan in place for children or staff who contract COVID-19. She believes anyone who must be sick will have to treat it like a normal pre-pandemic sick day without virtual learning.
Many teachers said being in the classroom during the pandemic last year was a challenge, and many believe this school year is going to be even more difficult.
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Channel 9 also learned that the district has made changes to its 80-page COVID-19 manual regarding cleaning, sanitizing and more.
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