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ACLU Asks Court to Let it Intervene in Missouri Attorney General’s Class-action Lawsuit Involving Masking in Schools

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has asked a state court to let it intervene in state Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s class-action lawsuit seeking to prevent school districts from requiring masks.

A press release from the ACLU says under federal law, public schools cannot exclude students with disabilities, deny them equal access to their education, or segregate them unnecessarily. It says schools are obligated to provide reasonable modifications to procedures in order to give students an equal opportunity to benefit from their public education, including requiring universal masking.

While Schmitt says he wants to ban masks in schools to protect children, the ACLU says he ignores children with disabilities. Schmitt has said the risk of spread among children is low. The ACLU says there has been a tenfold increase in hospitalizations among children in recent months.


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