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Hearing scheduled Thursday in Columbia Public Schools mask mandate lawsuit

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A court hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday to decide whether or not a face mask mandate can remain in Columbia Public Schools.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the school in January. The State AG's Office filed for a restraining order against CPS a few days later in an attempt to block the mandate as the case made its way through court.

The face mask mandate for Columbia Public Schools is set to expire Friday.

According to public court records, the case was reassigned this week from Judge Kevin Crane to Judge Joshua Devine.

Schmitt had previously Tweeted his approval after the Jefferson City School District's mask mandate expired on Monday.

In an email to parents, CPS officials promoted masks and said the extension of the mandate allowed the school district to have additional time for cases to decline in the community.

CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark added the school district believes Columbia has passed its peak in dealing with the omicron variant.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.

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