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Algonquin-based School District 300 votes to go mask-optional following appellate court ruling

Algonquin-based School District 300 board members voted Sunday to no longer require masks or exclude close contacts from school beginning Tuesday. The District 300 Board of Education voted 5-2 in favor of ending mandatory mask usage for students and staff in its schools. Board members Christine Birkett and Nancy Zettler voted against removing the mask […]

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Libertyville and Barrington among Lake County school districts to go mask-optional following court ruling

Multiple schools in Lake County, including some in Libertyville, Barrington, Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest, have gone mask-optional following the court ruling regarding school COVID mitigations. Libertyville School District 70 Board of Education held a special board meeting Monday evening to discuss the topic. The board voted 5-2 in favor of adjusting mitigations to no […]

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Algonquin-based School District 300 cancels class for all 31 of its schools following court ruling on masks

Classes were canceled Monday for schools in Algonquin-based School District 300 “to ensure a safe learning environment” following a court ruling against Illinois’ school mask and exclusion guidelines. District 300, which serves over 23,000 students and is the sixth-largest district in Illinois, initially said on Sunday that masks would continue to be required in their […]

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Multiple school districts in McHenry County say they will be mask-optional following court ruling

Multiple schools districts in McHenry County announced Sunday that they will not require students or staff to wear masks following the recent court ruling by an Illinois judge. “Effective immediately, face masks will be strongly recommended but not required at school and at all school-related events for staff and students, as well as visitors and […]

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Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest elementary schools say they will be mask-optional following court ruling

Lake Forest High School and Lake Forest elementary schools say they will comply with a recent court ruling and will not require masks or exclude students from school who are COVID close contacts. In a 30-page ruling late Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow deemed the governor’s emergency rules through the Illinois Department […]

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CDC says cloth masks are least effective, N95 masks provide the ‘highest protection’

The CDC updated their guidance Friday and acknowledged for the first time that cloth masks provide the least protection against COVID-19, while N95s provide the most protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday updated their public guidance on masks, saying the updates “reflect the science on masking, including what we have […]

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Maskless protesters enter stores, hold roadside protest against state’s mask mandate in Crystal Lake

Maskless protesters entered multiple stores in Crystal Lake on Saturday protesting the state’s mask mandate after holding a roadside protest. The rally was held on the corner of Route 14 and Main Street in Crystal Lake around 12 p.m. Saturday. Dozens of demonstrators held signs and American flags in front of the Wendy’s protesting Illinois’ […]

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Demonstrators gather in Crystal Lake to protest Illinois’ school mask mandate

A few dozen demonstrators gathered in Crystal Lake on Saturday to protest Illinois’ mask mandate for students, with one protester’s sign reading “stop putting muzzles on our kids.” The protest occurred Saturday afternoon on the corner of Route 14 and Main Street in Crystal Lake. “Free their faces, hearts and minds! They are our future! […]

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Gov. Pritzker expected to announce mask mandate for PreK-12 schools in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon a new mask mandate for all preschool through high school students and staff in Illinois. Pritzker is scheduled to appear at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to give a COVID-19 update, according to his daily schedule. The Chicago Tribune reported […]