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Private schools lose challenge of in-person instruction suspension

Toledo Blade |

Three religious schools will have to abide by a Toledo-Lucas County health order and remain closed through Jan. 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey J. Helmick denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that had been requested by Monclova Christian Academy, St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy, and Emmanuel Christian School. They were joined in the complaint by a conservative nonprofit organization, Citizens for Community Values.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo, claimed the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Health violated their rights with its order, issued Nov. 25, to prohibit in-person classes for most older students.

In his 15-page ruling, Judge Helmick wrote that while the plaintiffs’ “frustration with the school-closure order no doubt is genuine,” he said they failed to prove that they were treated unfairly, given the uptick in coronavirus cases.

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