In response to the rising cases of COVID-19 amongst Duval County Public School Students and Staff, Duval County Democratic Party Chair Daniel Henry released the following statement:
Jacksonville, FL — ”Since the first week of the new school year, there have been over 500 cases of COVID-19 reported amongst both the students and staff. While I applaud the school board instituting a mask mandate, with a parental opt-out, earlier this month, rising cases of infection now call for a greater response.
“Duval County has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida and the state leads the nation in reported cases. This poses a dangerous risk to our students, many of whom are below the age eligibility to receive a vaccination. The Duval County School Board needs to secure student health and welfare by implementing a stronger mask mandate that requires a doctor’s note to opt-out.”
“The time to act is rarely this clear. We must meet this challenge with a strong, swift response. I call on the School Board to do what’s right and protect our kids.”