Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently held a town hall event for Fox News where he stated that the impact of keeping children out of school during the coronavirus pandemic will last for many years to come and could actually destroy the futures of many kids down the road.
“Well, I think it’s been probably the biggest mistake, tragedy is locking these kids out of school,” DeSantis said as he discussed governors, mostly Democrats, who kept children out of schools. “They’re not following science. This is politics and ideology and quite frankly it’s a disgrace. I was in Baker County, Florida. They celebrated the 180th day of being open, the full school year. They did the full school year, finished it today from the very beginning and every single parent from the beginning had the right to send their kids to school in person.”
“I think there’s obviously a lot of other policies that really mattered. Obviously, we didn’t,” DeSantis went on to say. “We prevented COVID patients from being sent to nursing homes. We created COVID only nursing facilities to protect the most vulnerable. I think that that mattered. But I can tell you locking kids out of school for over a year, that’s going to have ramifications for our country and those states. It’s not going to be days, weeks, months. It’s going to be years. And some of these kids are not going to have a future as a result of those bad policies.”
DeSantis then talked about another thing that his state did differently than others was to prioritize the elderly being vaccinated rather than wasting time on politically-motivated pushes for “equity.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 27, 2021