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High Court Issues Injunction on Dane County School Restrictions


September 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked a local health order issued by Public Health of Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) on Sept. 10, which forbids in-person instruction in county schools until specific benchmarks are met in combatting COVID-19.

Janel Heinrich, the director of PHMDC, issued Emergency Order 9 on Aug. 21, with it going into effect on Aug. 24. At that time some of the schools in the county had already started.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court issued an injunction, which will temporarily block the health order. It also agreed to hear the case, which was brought forth by three petitioners,...

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