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TAYLORVILLE — In response to the ruling on Friday that challenged state-mandated masks in schools, Taylorville Community School District #3 Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty released the following statement on Sunday to the community:
“We are reaching out early to ask for your patience and understanding as our district navigates the latest challenges to the COVID-19 guidance and rules for Illinois schools.
Friday, an Illinois judge, Judge Grischow, ruled on a lawsuit filed by more than 700 parents across the state that challenged state-mandated COVID-19 mitigations. Our district was not subject to this lawsuit or to the Temporary Restraining Order, but is alert to the ruling and will keep the community apprised when changes are made. We are aware the State has moved for a stay, and are awaiting further word on what will happen.
In the meantime, the State is seeking an emergency stay both with the Circuit Court and the 4th District Appellate Court, and the State and some schools are certain to appeal the TRO on an expedited timeline, which will likely mean an order from the Appellate Court within less than two weeks (any Appellate Court decision would come no later than February 16th under the Supreme Court rules).
Until then, I ask for your patience as we review this decision.
Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and staff. While it has been a difficult year, we will continue to work together to educate the students.“
The Breeze-Courier is keeping a close eye on the situation as well, and will release new information as soon as it is received from verified sources.