California Supreme Court throws out Orange County challenge to mask mandate

Parents drop off their childern as Assistant Principal Janette Van Gelderen, left, welcomes students at Newhall Elementary in Santa Clarita on Feb. 25, 2021. Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Photo

The California Supreme Court wasted little time denying a petition from the Orange County Board of Education Thursday that asked the court to overturn the state’s mask mandate. The board had filed the petition only eight days before the court ruled, according to the Voice of OC.

The state mask mandate requires students and school staff to wear face coverings while inside buildings, even if they have been vaccinated.

The board’s petition argued that the mask mandate has no “sound medical or scientific basis.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics disagree. The organizations have recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks at school to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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