TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — State and national pediatrics groups on Wednesday backed a request to a federal appeals court to block the executive order from Chief Executive Ron DeSantis that seeks to prevent school mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics applied for permission to file a friend-of-court briefing to support families of children with disabilities battling the 30-year executive order. July.
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Lawyers for the families are seeking an injunction against the executive order, while a lawsuit is pending in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Along with the request Wednesday, the pediatric groups submitted the proposed letter in support of the order.
“Over the past 18 months, (the groups) have worked relentlessly to evaluate the dangers of COVID-19 and possible public health measures to reduce its deadly spread,” the proposed order said.
“The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has conducted a comprehensive review of the medical literature to determine which public health measures can effectively reduce the serious risk that COVID-19 poses to … children.
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The results and experiences of the primary care pediatric physicians of the AAP and FLAAP (the Florida chapter) prove beyond any doubt that a universal mask policy is safe, effective and necessary.”
Attorneys for the families took the case to the Atlanta-based Court of Appeals after U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore refused to issue a preliminary injunction against DeSantis’ executive order last month.
The lawsuit argues that children with disabilities are at greater risk from COVID-19 and that the state’s action to avoid mask requirements violates the American with Disabilities Act and another law, the Rehabilitation Act, which protects people’s rights. protected with disabilities.
DeSantis argues that parents should be able to decide whether children wear masks, and the state’s Department of Education is seeking financial sanctions against districts that limit parents’ ability to waive mask mandates.
In his Sept. 15 ruling, Moore wrote that the plaintiffs should have filed administrative claims before filing the lawsuit. He said the plaintiffs have different circumstances, which require “unique solutions”.
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