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Childers advises school board to immediately comply with judge’s order

School Board Chair Robert Hyatt

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Attorney Jeff Childers has sent a letter to Alachua County School Board Chair Robert Hyatt, demanding immediate compliance with the Writ of Mandamus that was issued by Judge Peter Sieg on November 19. The Writ ordered the school board to immediately come into compliance with state law by adopting a written policy that complies with the Florida Department of Health emergency rule requiring parental opt-out of any school mask mandate.

In the letter, Childers writes that Black’s Law Dictionary defines “immediate” as “1. Occurring without delay; instant.” Childers gave the board until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 29, to notice a meeting at which they plan to discuss coming into compliance. If that does not happen, he said, he will file a motion on Tuesday morning, requesting that the board members and Superintendent Carlee Simon be found in contempt of court.

The letter continues, “Please do not be misled by other legal ‘experts’ suggesting that any different outcome will occur. You may note that I have given the School Board numerous chances to conform in the past and my legal analysis has always been proven correct despite legal advice received from other, less reliable sources. You might give that some thought, about other changes that need to be made in the District. Govern yourself accordingly.”

The full letter can be read here.

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