The Springfield Public School District has announced it will be keeping its mask mandate in place until at least the Christmas break despite a warning by the Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt that they are doing so illegally.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent letters to school districts and local health departments all across the state on Tuesday telling them that due to a recent Cole County Circuit Court ruling, they were not to be ordering or enforcing mask mandates or quarantine orders.
A state committee on Thursday approved nearly $57 million in requests from funding from the federal CARES Act, with money slated for libraries, assisted living centers and COVID-19 contact tracing in the state.
The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor.
The flu is back after essentially taking a break last season, when COVID-19 put a bigger emphasis on public health measures like handwashing, mask use and social distancing, which helped keep flu activity low.