Hillsboro Close Contact Case Dropped Tuesday


The lawsuit against the Hillsboro School District regarding mandatory masks for students was amended before an electronic hearing Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 5, in Montgomery County Circuit Court, but another suit regarding student quarantine was dismissed.

Jay and Heather Greenwood dropped a lawsuit that they had filed on Sept. 10 regarding exclusion from school of close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases.  As a result of that suit, Judge Douglas Gruenke had granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the school district from excluding close contacts from school without a quarantine order from the local health department.

A suit objecting to mandatory student masks, filed by Mark and Emily Hughes on Sept. 17, was amended to include the governor, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), an order issued by Judge Douglas Gruenke on Sept. 24.  The matter was set for a Zoom status hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, to see if the state entities have responded.  A second status hearing was set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for approval of the class action notice form and method of class notification.

In that matter, a temporary restraining order prohibiting the district from requiring students to mask remains in effect.


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