- Prior to this meeting, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees announced on April 29 that lifting the use of face masks when social distancing was not possible.
- Parents objecting to the mask requirement shouted at officials, calling them names such as “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only).
- “This is Santa Rosa County, not China,” a man from the audience yelled at Ueberschaer, while another parent called her a communist.
- A resident of the county since 1998, Ueberschaer said she would have responded to the derogatory comments had she heard them over the loud noise.
- Some parents posed the same arguments that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former President Donald Trump made, claiming masks can have negative effects on children.
- A video clip of the meeting was uploaded on Twitter and has been viewed more than 234,000 times as of this writing.
A daily dose of Asian America's essential stories, in under 5 minutes.
Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories to your inbox daily for free.
Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive.
- “While my preference would be to finish out the remaining weeks of this school year with a protocol that’s been working in our schools all year, I will continue to rely on our public health officials to recommend (policies with) their expertise in infectious disease control,” she said.
- Previously, students did not have to wear masks whenever they were outside or could socially distance themselves.
- Prior to the meeting, students attending Santa Rosa County schools were required to wear face coverings in most areas, Pensacola News Journal reported.
- The board members ended up lifting the mask order and replacing it with a recommendation.