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Parents drop lawsuit against Quincy Public Schools

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- A lawsuit filed against Quincy Public Schools and Superintendent Roy Webb over quarantine measures has been dismissed.

In a virtual court appearance Thursday, Attorney Tom DeVore motioned to dismiss this case without prejudice, meaning the case could be reinstated at a later time. The judge granted the motion.

The lawsuit was filed by several parents who argued that their students shouldn't be quarantined due to contact tracing, and should be able to continue in-person education.

DeVore, the attorney for the parents, claimed the district must provide in-person learning unless a quarantine order comes from the county health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Judge Debra Wellborn issued a temporary restraining order September 2, allowing the children in the case to return to school the next day.

Wellborn said QPS could file a Writ of Mandamus to order the health department to quarantine the children who were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

QPS Superintendent Roy Webb stated following the original court ruling that the district is "out of the quarantine business," and he would leave it up to the health department to decide which students should be quarantined.

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