Officials at Columbia Public Schools (CPS) are blasting Missouri’s attorney general over his lawsuit involving the district’s mask mandate.
CPS has released a statement, saying their decision was based on guidance and recommendations from local, state and national experts, including the CDC.
CPS says the lawsuit will waste taxpayer dollars and resources, adding that the mask mandate is necessary to keep students safely learning in-person.
CPS, Columbia’s School Board and the district superintendent are named in Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit. Schmitt’s 31-page lawsuit cites data from state health officials, which says no children under the age of ten have died from COVID.
CPS is requiring that students and staff wear masks indoors and on buses, citing high community transmission of the COVID Delta variant.
Schmitt’s lawsuit says Missouri law does not authorize CPS and Columbia’s School Board to impose a mask mandate.