disguise Mandates Can Continue in Missouri Schools, estimate Says

  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt lawsuit against public schools continues, but with a associate of losses.

Schools can continue requiring their students to disguise as they see fit for now, a estimate ruled today in court against Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Boone County estimate Brouck Jacobs rejected attempts by Schmitt to expand the lawsuit against all Missouri school districts with disguise mandates, in addition as denying the preliminary injunction against disguise mandates in affected school districts. This method the schools can continue requiring masks as the lawsuit plays out in court.

Most public schools in St. Louis county and city are under a disguise mandate, as required by their districts. Several schools in the St. Charles area have also implemented masking requirements. The attorney general will have to file individual lawsuits against the school districts if he wishes to stay his course against disguise mandates in public schools.

Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an email that the district was “thrilled” with Jacobs’ rulings, writing that “today was a good day for Missouri.”

“Columbia Public Schools will continue to defend our district’s ability to implement recommended mitigation measures to keep scholars, teachers and staff members safe and in school,” Baumstark wrote.

Schmitt filed the lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools and more than 50 schools late last month. The lawsuit frequently quoted “the science” as reasoning to end the masking requirements, however his claims were disputed by several local health leaders.

However, in a small victory for Schmitt, the estimate rejected Columbia Public Schools’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Chris Nuelle, spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, issued a statement after the ruling.

“Our lawsuit against the forced masking of school children will continue,” the statement reads. “We plan to aggressively pursue discovery in this case to show how bureaucrats have incessantly moved the goalposts to justify never ending restrictions and disguise mandates – the people of this state have had enough, and we plan to continue to seek answers.”

Nuelle also pledged that the “fight is far from over.”

Baumstark had before told the RFT in an email that the decision to disguise students was not a “forever decision,” but rather one implemented to keep kids safe in the pandemic. Total situations of COVID-19 in patients nineteen years old and younger reached over 5,000 in the city of Columbia since the case was filed — an increase from the before reported 4,625.

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