UPDATE: Two schools, Augustine Classical Academy and Beth Eden Baptist School, reached a settlement with Jefferson County Public Health on Wednesday evening. Both schools have agreed to allow public health inspectors to have full access to conduct compliance inspections, as requested by JCPH in the lawsuit.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – It was the second day in court on Wednesday for Jefferson County Public Health, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to force three religious schools in the county to comply with COVID-19 safety regulations.
The hearing for the junction and restraining order began on Tuesday with protesters gathered outside the courthouse.
There are two parts to this: the first is requiring all students, teachers and others to wear masks in school and the second is allowing public health inspectors into the school buildings.
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Jefferson County Public Health is seeking a court order to force mask compliance at Faith Christian Academy, the Augustine Classical Academy and Beth Eden Baptist School.
Health inspectors visited the schools and found violations or were not immediately permitted inside.
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The case is ongoing and all three institutions are arguing separately. The hearing will continue.