Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa’s ban on mask mandates in schools

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A federal judge issued temporary stop order on Monday is blocking Iowa from enforcing a recent law that bars schools from requiring masks.

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why it matters: The move, effective immediately, allows school districts to enforce mask mandates as children return to class. The lawsuit represents the interest of students who are ineligible for COVID-19 vaccines or at risk of serious complications from the virus.

running news: Last week, a group of parents representing children with disabilities filed a lawsuit challenging the ban, which was signed into law in May.

  • The proposal also comes on the heels of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights into whether Iowa’s mask mandate ban violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, AP report.
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What are they saying: US District Court Judge Robert Pratt ordered because plaintiffs showed the lack of mask use “significantly increases [the] Their risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 and their various medical conditions puts them at increased risk of serious illness or death,” wrote Pratt

  • “[If] The massive increase in the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Iowa since the start of the school year is any sign of what’s to come, requiring an extreme measure to ensure that irreparable harm is not done to the children involved, Pratt added.

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