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Court rules against Lucas County's shutdown of schools
December 31, 2020
(updated January 2, 9:30 a.m., Sylvania Schools and Lucas County Board of Health have responded, see text in red)

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order blocking the Lucas County Health Board from enforcing their November order closing all in-person education for children in grades 7-12.

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"On November 25, 2020, the defendant in this case, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, issued a resolution closing every school in the county—public, private, and more to the point here, parochial—for grades 7-12, effective December 4.  The shutdown’s purpose was to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Yet—in the same county—gyms, tanning salons, office buildings, and a large casino have remained open," reads the new court ruling just handed down on Thursday December 31, 2020.

Read the December 31 2020 court decision in full here

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Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer has released the following statement:

“The First Amendment does not take a holiday break. It was clear from the outset that the Lucas County Health Board’s order closing schools violated the Constitution. It is indefensible and irrational to block children from accessing in-person instruction, while allowing casinos, gyms, liquor stores, and other public places to remain open.

“Lucas County families have suffered plenty through this pandemic, and to unreasonably deny their children in-person education is unconscionable. Today’s order is a victory for families, for religious freedom, and for all those willing to courageously stand up against unnecessary and overreaching government orders.”

“Our message is simple, let kids learn, and let Christian schools continue to disciple the next generation in grace and truth.”

*January 1, 1:50 p.m., the Lucas County Board of Health issued the following statement:

"In response to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the Board of Health's legal counsel will be filing a petition for rehearing.

Additionally, TLCHD intends on providing communication to the school districts regarding the


Early Saturday morning Sylvania Schools superintendent Dr. Veronica Motley also issued a statement regarding the December 31 Appeals Court ruling:

"At this juncture, the only adjustment we have made is that starting today, our winter athletic teams will resume their practice in our buildings.


We will proceed with transitioning our elementary students next week as originally planned.  Our district along with other area schools hope to learn more during Monday's meeting with the TLCHD and what it means more specifically for our secondary students."

Lucas County Board of Health is expected to issue further statements in coming days, clarifying its stance and how school guidelines will be affected.


Read about the Lucas County Board of Health's order and statement released on November 25:

Lucas County November 25th order

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