After changes in the Illinois Administrative Code regarding public health and control of communicable diseases last Friday, Sept. 17, the Hillsboro School District is asking the court to reconsider temporary restraining orders prohibiting close contact quarantine and student mask requirements.
The restraining orders were issued on Friday, Sept. 10, regarding quarantine in a suit filed by Jay and Heather Greenwood, and on Friday, Sept. 17, regarding masks in a suit filed by Mark and Emily Hughes.
Both motions to reconsider argue that, “On Sept. 17, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health, by emergency rule, revised 77 Illinois Administrative Code 690, the implementing regulations for the Illinois Department of Public Health Act.” The motions specifically point out that the code now states that, “Requiring vaccination, testing, or the wearing of masks, or excluding a student or school personnel consistent with this subsection shall not constitute isolation or quarantine under the act, and may be done without a court order by order by a local health authority.”
It further points out that the code amendment eliminated the definition of “modified quarantine,” a key argument in the temporary restraining order on masks.
An online hearing regarding the motions in both cases is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.