A California judge has rejected a request for a temporary restraining order barring the state from enforcing its school mask mandate, which mask choice advocates say should be decided locally.
Let Them Breathe and Reopen California Schools sued the state of California in July, alleging that its school mask mandate is harmful to students and is not rooted in science. San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland on Thursday dismissed the groups’ request for a temporary restraining order preventing the state from enforcing the warrant.
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“We are delighted that the court accepted our argument that blocking the continued implementation of the universal masking requirement for K-12 schools was unwarranted at this time,” the office said. Governor Gavin Newsom in a statement provided to CBS 8.
“Our guidance is firmly grounded in science and has been a critical part of our efforts to support the safe return to in-person learning for all students this school year,” the statement continued. “Recent studies confirm that schools with universal masking requirements are much less likely to experience outbreaks, confirming that masking is a critical strategy for keeping students and open schools safe.”
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The judge also rejected the state’s request on Thursday to postpone the next trial hearing until March, the defense groups said in a press release. A full hearing for a preliminary injunction is now scheduled for November 8.
“We know that students are suffering behind masks every day and parents’ worries are increasing,” Sharon McKeeman, founder of Let Them Breathe, said in the statement. “However, we are grateful that our legal team was able to downplay the state’s delaying tactics and that the court set our hearing for November 8 instead of a date of March 2022, as suggested by the state. The position government confirms it is more concerned with expanding its power rather than doing what is best for our children. “
Let Them Breathe also plans to legally challenge the state’s new student vaccination mandate, McKeeman said.
Reopen California Schools, which backed the recall effort against Newsom, told Fox News it supports the mask choice but believes the warrants are detrimental to students.
“Although one of our arguments against the state is that there should be more local control over these matters, we still believe that all students and teachers should have a choice of masks and that any locality applying mandates masquerading in school ignores the data and harms of such policies, “the group said.