Hillsborough Parents File Suit Over School District’s Mask Order

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — A group of parents has filed a lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School District objecting to the district’s policy that all students, staff and visitors wear face masks at school.

Hillsborough County will begin the school year Monday with all students learning online from their homes. Then, on Aug. 31, the district will reopen brick-and-mortar schools.

In a survey conducted in July, 56 percent of Hillsborough County parents said they wanted to send their children back to brick-and-mortar schools.

However, parents Kevin Levonas, Angelina Aucello, Matt and Priscilla Poage, Justin and Grace Warniment, Elizabeth Hagan, Mike Miller and Robert and Evelyn Griffith filed a lawsuit Friday in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, contending that the requirement to wear masks is a violation of the Florida Constitution forbidding the interference of a parent’s right to decline the use of a medical device.

Additionally, because the school district

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Teachers File Suit Over Concerns About Reopening Florida Schools

ACROSS FLORIDA — Thousands of Florida teachers are awaiting word on whether they’ll be heading back to the classroom this month after the Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit asking a judge to let the school districts decide for themselves when school can safely open during the coronavirus pandemic.

On July 6, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an executive order mandating that all Florida school districts reopen schools five days a week by the end of August in order to receive state funding.

In response, the FEA filed a lawsuit July 20. The injunctive relief hearing was heard Wednesday by a judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami. However, the hearing was adjourned after Gov. Ron DeSantis filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The hearing is expected to continue Thursday but a decision by the judge isn’t likely until next week.

The defendants are DeSantis,

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