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Local schools lift mask mandates after court ruling

A partial view of a young man's face with an N-95 mask on.
Students may choose to wear a mask or not under the new guidelines.

Some local schools are no longer requiring masks after a judge issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits Governor J-B Prizker and the Illinois Department of Public Health from requiring schools to mandate masks, along with other public health measures.

The ruling does allow school boards to mandate masks in individual districts.

Vienna Superintendent Joshua Stafford said his district will no longer be requiring students or staff to wear masks. The school will also stop requiring staff to be vaccinated or get regular COVID tests.

He said so far he's heard positive feedback.

"The response from our community has been positive. Many of our parents have wanted to be able to make these decisions for themselves and parent their own child, if you will," he said.

Stafford is warning parents that the situation may change as the case moves through the courts. The governor has already asked the Attorney General to appeal the decision and the restraining order is a temporary one.

Steph Whiteside is a Digital Media News Specialist with WSIU radio in Carbondale, Ill. She previously worked as a general reporter at AJ+ and Current TV.
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