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CPS responds after ban is issued on school mask authorization suits – NBC Chicago

Following the lower judge’s decision to implement an injunction banning schools from enforcing mask-wearing duties and other COVID-19 testing requirements, the Chicago Public Schools detailed how the district will how it is affected.

In a statement from CPS Saturday afternoon, the district said the court’s ruling does not limit its authority to enforce coronavirus restrictions on students and teachers.

The court’s current ruling does not prohibit CPS from exercising its authority to continue its COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures, including the widespread wearing of masks by students and staff, as well as public health officials. vaccination and testing requirements for employees,” CPS said in a statement.

The district added that 53% of CPS students 12 years of age and older are fully immunized against the virus, and 1 in 3 students ages 5 to 11 have received at least one dose. As of Saturday, more than 91% of CPS employees are fully immunized.

On Friday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker asked the state Attorney General’s office to immediately appeal the decision by Judge Raylene Grischow of Sangamon County Circuit Court, saying it was “a mistake” and the schools Learners may be forced to go remotely if they do not have the proper tools to maintain. student and staff safety.

Earlier on Friday, Grishow issued a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit Parents have filed a lawsuit against Pritzker, the Illinois State Board of Education, and more than 140 school districts, who allege there is no legal process related to Illinois’ mask-wearing order in schools.

The ruling states defendants are temporarily restricted from ordering school districts to require masks for students and teachers – unless ordered to quarantine by the local health department.

School districts, ISBE and Pritzker are also prohibited from requiring unvaccinated individuals working in Illinois schools to provide weekly negative results of a COVID-19 test or immunization to enter a court school school.

In addition, school districts cannot refuse to admit teachers and students deemed “closely related” to a possible COVID-19 case without due process, court documents state.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul said he is committed to defending Pritzker’s actions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and will appeal the decision in the Illinois Court of Appeals for the 4th District.

The decision, he said, was “wrong in law” and “represents a misunderstanding of Illinois’ emergency restraining order procedure.”

“It favors a relatively small group of plaintiffs who refuse to adhere to generally accepted science because of the right of students, faculty, and other staff to enter the campus without fear of contracting a life-destroying virus.” lives of more than 31,000 Illinois residents — or bring that virus home to their loved ones.”

It is not yet clear whether the ruling applies to all students attending the school districts mentioned in the lawsuit or only to students involved in the legal battle.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/cps-responds-after-restraining-order-issued-in-school-mask-mandate-suit/2750214/ CPS responds after ban is issued on school mask authorization suits – NBC Chicago

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