Missoula judge denies request to halt masks in schools
October 6, 2021
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A district judge has denied a request by several parents to halt mask mandates in Missoula schools while a legal challenge of the mandates is underway.
The parents sued several Missoula schools in August over their mask requirements, arguing they violated the state's constitution, which guarantees individuals the right to make their own medical decisions.
Missoula District Judge Jason Marks denied the request for a preliminary injunction on Friday, saying in his decision that such an injunction could lead to increased spread of COVID-19 and quarantining of children and school staff.