KIRKWOOD, Mo. – The Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved extending their masking mandate to schools by a score of 7-0. The unanimous decision comes as COVID cases are increasing in the region.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced new lawsuits against Kirkwood and eight other school districts Monday because their duties were carried out. This brings the total to 45 counties statewide.
Despite the lawsuit, the board has vowed to continue with its mandate saying it will do whatever is necessary to keep a safe environment for in-person learning for students and staff.
“We don’t move the target. We are continuing to look at the same data and continue to follow the same data-driven approach that we have committed to since the beginning of the pandemic,” said David Ulrich, Superintendent of the Kirkwood School District. said.
In a press release, Schmitt emphasized his stance, saying that he believes that wearing masks to children at school is ineffective and leads to negative psychological effects on children and young people. year.
The lawsuits have caused tension with lawmakers.
House Minority Leader Crystal Quade said she plans to consider adding more money to the budget to reimburse schools after they defend themselves in court.
“Every dollar that matters in education and local schools cannot burn resources fighting the futile lawsuits primarily intended to support our failed senate campaign,” said Quade. “.
Many of the schools involved have yet to respond saying they have not received the documents, but on Monday, the St. Charles did just that.
It issued a statement, in part: “This act of cynicism is a waste of taxpayer dollars and is intended to undermine the power of local, publicly elected and, therefore, will of people.”
The masked mission conversation shows no signs of slowing down.
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