CPS mask mandate lawsuit case heads to Boone County Circuit Court on Tuesday

A Boone County judge has scheduled a Tuesday hearing on Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s (R) lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools (CPS) and other districts that have a mask mandate.

Judge Brouck Jacobs will hear arguments from both sides in the case. The attorney general has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in his lawsuit against CPS and other districts. He’s also filed a motion for class certification.

Attorney General Schmitt will ask Judge Jacobs to issue a preliminary injunction against CPS and the other districts, which include Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS). The attorney general says parents should make the decision on masks, based on science.

Schmitt’s lawsuit says Missouri law does not authorize CPS and Columbia’s School Board to impose a mask mandate.

CPS defends its mask mandate, saying it’s needed to keep students safe. They also say that wearing a mask indoors is one mitigation strategy that provides an additional level of protection to keep all students and staff safe and in school.

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