The Ministry of Education has not played any games in protecting students from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.According to CNN, the agency has Investigate Enter five states that prohibit wearing masks in schools.
Republican-led states include Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. The purpose of the investigation is to answer whether the ban on wearing masks violates the education rights of disabled students.
The agency has an independent department called the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which handles such cases. If you don’t know, their job is to “ensure equal access to education and promote education excellence by vigorously enforcing civil rights in our country’s schools”, According to their website.
“Conducting such an investigation does not mean that the OCR has determined whether there is a violation of the law enforced by the OCR.”
According to reports, the regulatory agency notified the “chief state school officials” of all five investigating states by sending letters. Each letter indicates that mask restrictions may prevent schools from fulfilling their legal obligation not to discriminate on the basis of disability. In addition, the mask ban may prevent students with disabilities who are at high risk of Covid-19 from returning to school for “equal educational opportunities.”
Florida, Texas, Arkansas, and Arizona have also issued bans on wearing masks. However, OCR stated that they were not investigated because these states have no enforcement restrictions due to “court orders or other state actions.”
OCR said in their official statement: “The department will continue to monitor these states closely and is prepared to take action when state leaders prevent local schools or districts from implementing universal indoor sheltering in schools, or if the current court ruling is revoked.”
As mentioned earlier, a judge Recently ruled against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) ban prevents public schools from compulsory wearing masks. Leon County Judge John C. Cooper called the ban “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”
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