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Parent sues QPS over face mask, temperature check requirement

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QUINCY (WGEM) — A Quincy resident has filed a lawsuit against the Quincy Public School Board over the requirement to wear a face mask and submit to temperature checks to attend in-person learning.

The plaintiff, Roni Quinn, is the parent of a fourth grade student in the Quincy Public School District.

In the lawsuit filed Friday morning, Quinn alleges that she, and her child, will suffer irreparable injuries based on the implementation of the mask and temperature check mandates because they infringe on the child's right to an in-person education within the public school.

Quinn's lawsuit goes on to allege that the mandates are not lawful as they were not implemented by legislature.

"The legislative branch of government, the (people's) branch, they are the ones to make those rules," attorney Tom DeVore said

Quinn states that the requirement of a face mask to be admitted to a public school building is beyond the board's authority or otherwise in violation of Illinois law.

"They now need to come into a courtroom and explain to a judge where that school district, that administrative body, where do they get the power to tell a citizen of this state that their minor child cannot attend that school building, cannot attend that school building to receive an education inside that building unless it follows these general compulsory rules," DeVore said.

The face mask and temperature check requirements were mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as part of the Reopen Illinois Phase 4 plan.

In a Facebook post made Friday afternoon, Quincy Public School Superintendent Roy Webb addressed the lawsuit. Webb stated that he had no animosity toward Quinn and he believed she was trying to do what is best for her child.

Webb said he will listen carefully to the arguments and the judge during the hearing and the school board President Sayeed Ali would address the community about the complaint and the school's plans after the hearing.

Quinn is being represented by attorney Thomas DeVore, who recently represented Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) in a lawsuit Bailey filed against Gov. JB Pritzker accusing him of abusing his emergency powers with his Stay-at-Home order.

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Adams County Courthouse.

Read the complete lawsuit below:

Jim Roberts

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