The Missouri attorney general, in a press release Wednesday, asked parents to report school districts that still require students to wear masks to his office.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office said on Tuesday it had sent letters to school districts and health departments that continue to apply coronavirus mitigation measures such as mask warrants. Schmitt cited the recent decision of a Cole County judge overturning the public health orders.
“You should stop publicizing and enforcing such orders immediately,” Schmitt wrote in the letter.
Columbia Public Schools are among the districts in the state that still require students and staff to wear masks. The measure, which has been in place throughout the school year, has been repeatedly approved by the elected school board, despite protests from some parents.
Schmitt also sued the district to force him to end the term. No hearing has been scheduled in this case.
The number of CPS students out of school due to active coronavirus infection has increased in recent days as cases rise statewide. The district reported 49 cases of active students and 393 students in quarantine on Wednesday morning.
All middle and high schools in the district are affected by the cases and quarantines, as well as 20 of the 21 elementary schools in the district.