As you know, the WCS school board surprisingly voted to remove the mask mandate lst week. This came after a Friday November 12 injunction from U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw that, for now, schools should continue operating as they had been. And Crenshaw stayed with that opinion at a status hearing Monday, November 15, when he extended the order. Crenshaw says he has concerns about state officials creating a one-size-fits-all policy to masking in schools. All that said, WCSBOE went forward with a vote and wiht a 7-5 outcome voted to end the mask mandate.
The federal trial against the new Tennesse law limiting mask mandates began Friday November 19, but no decision has been made and it’s likely a decision on the case won’t come until December. We are watching the TN case closely, especially after a Texas district court recently decided in a similar case that the prohibition of masks in schools violates the ADA & Section 504.
This puts us in a holding pattern, and we are continuing discussions and planning with our attornney in the event the mask mandates are reinstated. We are also looking into legal options against the schools and board relative to some of the students who were punished for not wearing masks.
We continue to evaluate our options and appreciate all of you who have supported our cause.
Hello friends and supporters!
Tomorrow we are meeting with a Constitutional attorney and hope to be represented soon. The success of this case is critical, and with the courts making it nearly impossible for us to access and maneuver the system, we know how important having great legal representation is.
The great news is that there is precedent being set in other parts of the country - an Arkansas judge ruledi n favor of parents last week and approved the temporary restraining order to hal the mask mandates.
We will keep you updated as we decide what to do about retaining an attorney.
We are in this together.
Thank you for your support and prayers!