Pratt cited the current trajectory of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Iowa since the start of the school year and the irreparable harm that could befall the children involved in this case as reasons for the order.
At least two dozen Iowa school districts have implemented mask requirements since Pratt’s initial order on Sept. 13. They include the state’s largest public school district in Des Moines. Also Ames, Ankeny, Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs.
“Many of the largest school districts in the state, as well as several smaller districts, quickly acted to adopt universal masking policies to ensure the protection of almost one-third of Iowa’s public school children,” Pratt wrote.
He added that a preliminary injunction is an extraordinary remedy but necessary given the current trajectory of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Iowa, the irreparable harm that could be caused to the children in this case and the important public…