(The Post Millennial) – On Wednesday, Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general signed off on a new emergency rule that gives parents a choice on whether to quarantine their children after exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The child can continue in-person schooling without quarantining as long as they are asymptomatic.
The new rule cancels out the previous one, which required students to quarantine for at least four days following exposure, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But, the rule reiterated the previous order’s allowance for parents to opt-out their children from wearing masks in schools.
The new rule was issued “in light of the unnecessary exclusion of healthy students from in-person learning and the urgent need to provide updated COVID-19 guidance to school districts,” read the order signed by surgeon general Dr. Joseph Lapado.
The new rule also reportedly prompted an administrative law judge on Wednesday to dismiss a challenge brought forth against the state’s mask mandate ban by several school districts.
The state requested the dismissal, according to the Orlando Sentinel. They argued the challenge “was based on a rule that is now moot.”
Judge Brian Newman agreed, adding there was “no wiggle room whatsoever” to allow a challenge based on a repealed rule to proceed.