Richland School District 2 requests temporary injunction until clear decision is made on mask mandates
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Richland School District 2 has requested the South Carolina Supreme Court issue a temporary injunction regarding the constitutionality of the ban on school mask mandates.
The district is calling to put the temporary ban for school mask mandates on pause until a clear decision is made without fear of their funds being taken away.
The attorney representing the school district says it is calling for three things:
- For the court to declare the ban on school mask mandates as unconstitutional.
- If it is considered unconstitutional, plain language should allow schools to enforce the mandate as long as they’re not using state funds to do so.
- The court should pause enforcement of mask mandate bans until the court makes a clear decision and schools shouldn’t have to worry about their budget being taken until that decision is made.
Following the announcement Friday morning, Dr. Teresa Holmes, chair of the Richland Two Board of Trustees issued the following statement:
“With a great sense of urgency Richland Two put into action the desire of the Richland Two Board of Trustees to seek legal relief from Appropriates Budget Proviso 1.108 in order to protect our students and employees. There is truly nothing more important to the Board than the safety and welfare of those whom we are entrusted to serve as the elected leaders of our Premier school district. We are hopeful that the S.C. Supreme Court will provide us with the ability to fulfill our highest priority to our community. Our district is extremely appreciative of the pro-bono services provided by The Solomon Law Group and Williams and Williams.”
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