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Lee’s Summit School District Responds to AG Schmitt’s Letter

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – The Lee’s Summit School Board took a page out of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s book in response to a cease-and-desist letter.

After a The decision of the Cole District Court last week, Schmitt, a Republican running for the United States Senate in Missouri, said the ruling determined mask regulations, quarantines and other public health orders to be illegal.

Then he sent letters to dozens of county health departments and school districts. The letters ask school districts to waive all mask regulations and other COVID-19-related protocols. Schmitt also warned of legal action if they ignored his request.

Lee’s Summit School District decided to take a different approach. Instead of changing COVID-19 protocols, an attorney representing the Lee’s Summit school board sent his own letter to the attorney general’s office.

“While the District recognizes that everyone has certain rights, it teaches its students the basics
view that rights must be balanced with the obligation to exercise them responsibly and in a manner that
that doesn’t violate the rights of others,” Joe Hatley, an attorney for Spencer Fane, wrote to Schmitt. “It is not legal for you to call “rights” not bound by the obligation to exercise them responsibly.”

The letter also cited precedent as to why attorneys argued that Schmitt’s claims were “without legal authority.”

Hatley wrote that the ruling Schmitt cited did not apply to school districts because the schools were not involved in the lawsuit. He also pointed out that the Missouri Legislature has given local boards of education broad powers to run their own affairs.

Lee’s Summit School District said it will defend its protocols if Schmitt decides to follow through with the lawsuit.

https://fox4kc.com/tracking-coronavirus/missouri-ag-has-no-legal-authority-over-masks-school-districts-attorney-says/ Lee’s Summit School District Responds to AG Schmitt’s Letter

JACLYN DIAZ

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