Governor sold First Lady on sending their hypothetically school-aged kids back to the classroom
Ron and Casey DeSantis. Image via Colin Hackley.

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The Governor's children are not, in fact, school-aged.

Gov. Ron DeSantis may not have convinced every Floridian sending kids back to brick and mortar schools is the prudent move, but he convinced at least one.

The Florida Governor said Tuesday in Miami that he convinced First Lady Casey DeSantis to send their children back to school, assuming that those youngsters are school-aged.

They are not, of course, so it’s a moot point for the DeSantis family.

“My own wife, our kids aren’t school-aged yet, I tell her that they’re at zero risk, I have no problem putting them in, and I think that convinced her. She said she would do it too.”

“But initially …,” the Governor then trailed off, implying she was not always convinced.

DeSantis delivered that revelation during the question and answer session after a roundtable event with a bipartisan group of South Florida Mayors.

It was part of an extended mediation toward getting children back in classrooms even as COVID-19 surges, a DeSantis priority that has roiled many educators and parents alike.

“I think some of this fear is unfounded,” DeSantis said, saying it was important to “focus on what’s the fallout for the actions being taken.”

“The school system is one of the places where a child who is being abused can go for refuge, where actions can be taken,” DeSantis noted.

The Governor honed in on the potential problems a curtailed school year could pose for student-athletes.

“What about having football season, things like that? A lot of young kids, this is their ticket to be able to go to college through athletics. What happens to all those dreams and all those aspirations?

“When I was in high school, if you had just canceled my season and my year, that would have been big-time devastating for me, and that’s probably true for a lot of people,” the Governor added.

“The posture should be: Let’s do what we can to do what’s best for the kids,” which the Governor said might look different in different parts of the state.

Whether the Governor finds the rest of the state to be as convinced as readily as Mrs. DeSantis is unknown, but time will tell.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • S.B. Anthony

    July 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Ignore the “governor.” Two questions every parent, living in reality, with actual children of school age should ask themselves. Will you ever forgive yourself if you send your kid to school and he or she gets dreadfully sick or dies? And, if your kid goes to school, and doesn’t get sick but brings the virus home to you or your parents, are you okay with your kid being an orphan or with your kid killing its grandparents?

    • DisplacedCTYankee

      July 15, 2020 at 9:03 am

      If Drumpf told Gov DeMAGA to eat shit, DeMAGA would ask “how much?”

  • Frankie M.

    July 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Easy to gamble when you have no skin in the game. Talk is cheap.

    Since when do Republicans care about child abuse? Since today?? That’s awfully convenient.

    Why do you need school to play sports? These kids aren’t getting paid like college or NFL players. Ronnie’s never heard of traveling leagues and AAU ball? Let them assume the risk. He keeps reaching for stuff out of his arse.

    I believe DuhSantis met his Waterloo today.The gates are down Ronnie. The lights are flashing but the train…the train just isn’t comin. smh

  • John white

    July 14, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Desantits is a lying piece of dog excrement

  • TheGipper

    July 15, 2020 at 7:25 am

    The risk for school age children contacting COVID—19 or them spreading it is very very low. Almost non existent.
    It’s the right call to open and return to children to school. Virtual school learning is bad academically and socially, bad for retaining comprehension, bad for eyesight and it’s not an option for many parents that work.

    It’s a shame the media doesn’t print facts about the scientific data on COVID-19 rather than deliberately flaming fear everyday.

    Example today, “highest number of deaths recorded in FL in one day,” but zero mention of the number of positive cases in FL dropping by over 6,000. The fear panic narrative must be driven everyday. The question is why?

    It’s about selling news and destroying President Trump or any Republican who is leading with a modicum of sanity.

    Gov. DeSantis has been overtly cautious with COVID-19. Most of the cases are in South FL/Miami.

    You don’t shut down the state economy for a 3 county hot spot.

    • Tj

      July 16, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Nice parody piece.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Stupid Fing duffus Desantis! You could drop your non school age children off at a daycare right there in Tallahassee! Let me know when you do that! I know it will be a cold day in hell before you or your wife drop off the kids!!!

  • Tjb

    July 16, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Nice parody piece by the Gripper.

  • Jo Anne Gillespie

    July 18, 2020 at 9:41 am

    There is no concern for children in this “brick and mortar” policy. The concern is economic and children’s lives are expendable. But it’s short sited because this policy will only prolong the pandemic which will cause more economic hardship. We need a state-wide mask mandate, to enforce social distancing, to ensure the pandemic curve is flat so kids CAN return to school safely. But that’s not happening because DeSantis does what Trump says.

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