Florida School Superintendent Optimistic After Ruling On Mask Mandates

A Florida judge on Friday knocked down the state's order banning local school boards from implementing mask mandates. Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon joins Morning Joe to discuss the judge's decision.

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Florida School Superintendent Optimistic After Ruling On Mask Mandates


  1. I remember school. I remember being required to wear pants, every day, despite the fact they are annoying and uncomfortable. What I do not recall is 30% of people defending my “freedom” when I said I didn’t agree with the authoritarian mandates our society has on pants.

    1. Love it! My 3 year-old gets dressed by herself every morning and that includes her mask! I would feel awful as an adult if a 3 year-old knew more than me!

    2. @Vera Mae Now girls can wear skirts that end one inch below their clams and if a principal tries to send her home, he’ll be crucified by the media and fired.

  2. Americans have been using face masks for at least 100 years since the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. Those people who are insisting that masks don’t work would be outraged if a surgical team gathered to work on them without masks and gloves. They can’t have it both ways.

    1. How come she isn’t wearing a mask during this interview? Does covid-19 stop and go on break during interviews? She clearly is not comfortable wearing a mask for extended periods of time, yet she wants to force little children to wear a mask for extended periods of time. Make it make sense.

    2. @Oppressed Speaker of truth And over four and a half million people have died of Covid. So the fool is in your mirror.

    3. @J Campagna Actually more than a dozen studies have shown masks do work. The virion cannot survive outside of droplets, too large to pass through masks.

    4. @Amber Banuelos Its even sadder when Parents are feared into thinking mask have helped or do help then those parents raise kids like yours.

    5. @Deborah Freedman “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out the virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keeping out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend you wear a mask.” So, this is what you’re referring to, I assume. From the mouth of Dr. Fauci when he was still telling the truth.

  3. MAGA cultists are conflicted now, wanting to dunk on California over the unvaccinated teacher giving Covid to her students but knowing it would just prove the case for mandatory masking and vaccination in schools. πŸ˜†

    1. If masks are so great, how come she isn’t wearing a mask in this interview? Practice what you preach. If you are preaching masks, then I need to see you in the mask 24/7…I don’t see her in a mask.

    2. @PRAISE GOD Because she’s video conferencing from her home? Do you mask in the privacy of your own home with no one else around? πŸ€”

    3. @Donna B. But apparently one private party is more deadly than a whole bunch of public MAGA pity rallies including the one that killed GQP token Herman Cain. At least they’re consistent in believing black lives don’t matter even on their own side. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

    4. Pelosi has been seen many times without a mask but the fake news will always say different (example Pelosi getting her hair cut and she said it was a setup, don’t defend the Democrats they have done so much damage to this country high gas prices, high cost of groceries the open border crisis, many of them have covid and the puppet Biden gets the military to ship them around the country

    5. @Stephanie Fain I’m the same way also, I won’t be around any democrat, the minute they are wrong they want to argue

  4. I’m glad both of my nieces are here in Alachua county where we care about the our children in a state of numbskulls/

  5. Washington was no anti-vaxxer. As commander of the Continental Army, Washington ordered his troops to be inoculated against smallpox during the Revolutionary War. Washington and his Continental Army “faced a threat that proved deadlier than the British” in the first years of the Revolutionary War β€” smallpox. America would not be the same if he had not.

    1. Washington couldn’t be against vaccination, during the Revolutionary War, since the idea of vaccination didn’t even arise until 1796. But, he was in favor of inoculation, a procedure used to immunize against smallpox which had a 9% morality rate. Imagine how in favor, he would have been, for any of the extremely safe and effective vaccines, we have against Covid.

    2. @paulette lamontagne Every living system uses mRNA as a template for protein synthesis. Do learn a little cell biology. Your ignorance is astounding.

    3. @kim weaver precisely and leaving that alive gives it the ability to become more virile and create your variance that’s where they come from. Unlike natural immunity or a piece of a dead virus which recognizes every single part of the virus not just the one part. Causing it to in some cases Bill absolutely haywire when exposed to the virus or a variant. Which in turn makes your immune system go go crazy. Just like it did in every ferret they put it in they all died.. also their stem cells and graphene oxide in those experimental mRNA Jabs. And you cannot deny injury reports all over the world. And we don’t know long-term effects because it hasn’t been long enough 9 months. As I said it’s your choice

    4. @kim weaver Inoculation (variola) was much more dangerous than vaccination (vaccinia), but it did offer protection against smallpox, if you survived it.

    5. And I know my body doesn’t use synthetic mRNA made with baby fetuses graphene oxide like I said just saying

  6. Reminder the same ones that do not believe in taking the vaccine are the only ones that will take a medicine for animals because someone on the internet told them it would work.

  7. Would the good doctor say that DeSantis was so vain? I’m sorry, I am sure she has got that joke her entire life but it really fits here.

  8. The few families that are against protecting kids and teachers can stay home and home school. We are tired of their crap!

    1. No, it doesn’t. Money comes first.
      Taxpayers keep voting down more money for schools, and look at the damage.

      Read a comment in another discussion. Their district voted in a huge tax increase to deal with Covid. Ten students per classroom (dependent on room size, may be less, but never more than 10). Required purchase of portable classrooms, with plans for permanent classrooms added. Masks for everyone. Hand sanitizers everywhere. Six foot distancing or more. More custodians, classes (all locations) are wiped down at least twice every day.
      The comment said they’ve had NO COVID so far, few other illnesses, and academic success is booming!

      I’d love to learn if any other community is going that route.

      One thing is certain about school success, and that is *lowering the ratio of teachers to students*. Ten kids is optimum. Kids flourish.
      We KNOW that. But we keep fiddling around with other nonsense and blaming the schools when kids do poorly … though taxpayers won’t do their part.

      During my grandparents time, through recession, depression, GREAT depression, WW I and WW II and the Spanish American War, and War with Mexico, and all the other evils they faced … school tax increases always passed. Always.

    2. Then don’t ever let your kid go walking outside the house. Bubble wrap them and yell at everyone else for not having to live like that.

    3. Kids are the least vulnerable, the brainwashing continues. And somewhat similar to flu for kids as flu hospitalizes thousands of kids each year. Excessive remoteness for kids is hampering the ability of great immune systems to get proper exercise

    4. @Vera Mae I don’t think it is realistic to vastly alter the course of the delta, it is getting its job done ie infecting as many as it can. I think long term as months and years roll is a lot of guessing

  9. Can you imagine the bravery of the substitute that is willing to step into a classroom where the teacher and students have tested positive and sent home with Covid? That substitute is amazing. So much sacrifice in schools during times like these.

    1. How is that different than any job where you associate with the public? Maybe riskier than some, less riskier than others. Sure I am retired and have a vast ability to keep distance, yay me

  10. Dr. Simon stood up to DeathSantis and won without lifting a finger. She’s way smarter and empathic than the neanderthaler.

    1. Carlee Simon hasn’t got time for the pain, but nobody does it better! That’s the way I’ve always heard it should be.

  11. I still prefer the TX guy who stripped at a school board meeting.

    We all follow rules we don’t like because it’s sensible.
    He made a *** pointed **** arguement.

  12. I observed Dr. Simons’ demeanor and facial expressions. She looks like she is on the verge of crying. It’s rough to be courageous when your enemy is immoral.

    1. bahahaha. Go look at the mothers of those soldiers were in Afghanistan with the potato looking at his watch

  13. DeSantis won the governorship by less than four tenths of one percent. Wonder if he’s killed enough of his followers for a Democrat to win Florida?

  14. desantis: “i am going to appeal this decision and fight
    this court case to the death…your childrens’ death.”

    1. Hi Mike, im guessing you have a variant of TDS called DeSantis2024… There is no cure so tough luck loser… TDS can be caught viewing MSNBC & CNN…

  15. Dr. Simon is a true heroine, whose courage and integrity should serve as a role model for superintendents throughout the country.

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