Glocester school committee to sue RI K-12 commission over school mask mandate

GLOCESTER, RI (WLNE) – The Glocester School Committee voted at its Monday meeting to sue the Rhode Island commission on Elementary and Secondary education over its recent statewide mask mandate in court.

According to committee member Walter Steere, the committee as a whole believes the Rhode Island K-12 council violated Rhode Island’s open meetings laws when it voted last week to reject any school district’s back to school plans that didn’t require mask mandates.

Glocester is the first community in Rhode Island to challenge the mask mandate.

The school district will follow mask mandates but they will have three exemptions:

  1. Medical
  2. Religious
  3. Conscientious

Lawyers for RIDE were concerned about possible legal repercussions if the state went ahead with the mandate based on their concerns over the limit of Infante-Green’s authority as State Education Commissioner to implement such a mandate.

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