JACKSONVILLE, FL — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would not hesitate to send his three small children to school if they were old enough.
“At the end of the day, we need our society to function,” the governor told reporters at a stop in Jacksonville Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “We need our society to continue to move forward. We can take steps to be able to minimize risk when you’re talking about coronavirus, but we can’t just leave society on the mat.”
Scalia said the protracted school closures around the nation have disproportionately hurt working women and low-income families.
“It’s hard enough to telecommute while the kids are in school, but (for) many parents, that’s not even an option,” Scalia said. “Those are lower income parents that we know have been hit harder by the virus, and we think it’s particularly important to help get