Court Allows Student To Return To School

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A judge granted a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Friday, Sept. 3, allowing a Hillsboro School District student who had allegedly been excluded from school due to contact tracing to return to class.

The suit, filed on Thursday, Sept. 2, by Jay and Heather Greenwood of Coffeen on behalf of their minor child, is asking the court to rule that the school district must have “an order of quarantine from the local health department” before a student can be excluded from school.  The suit is asking the court to not only rule in the case of Greenwood’s child, but also for “any or all” children.

The suit alleges that on Wednesday, Sept. 1, the plaintiffs were contacted by a school nurse by phone and advised that the student was to quarantine, and that the student was not “exhibiting symptoms consistent with a potential COVID-19 infection.”

The suit also claims that “shortly after the call with the school nurse, Greenwood received a call from the Montgomery County Health Department stating (the student) was under an order of quarantine,” but that the health department “provided no written order of quarantine, nor did they ask for consent by Greenwood.”

The suit further claims “each day (the student) is denied his in-person learning is irreparable and can never be recovered.”

Although he has yet to rule on the suit, on Friday, Sept. 3, Judge Douglas Gruenke granted a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order, allowing the student “to resume his in-person education unless the local county health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health has provided defendants with a lawful order of quarantine.”

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