JeffCo Public Health Seeking Court Order Supporting Enforcement of COVID Warrants – CBS Denver
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Before heading to a courtroom, arguments over the mask warrants were presented outside the Jefferson County courthouse on Tuesday.
“These children belong to these parents and not to the government, the constitution gives us the right to make decisions for our children,” said Pattie Cabrera. Its students are graduates of Faith Christian Academy.
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Jefferson County public health officials are seeking a court order that would require Faith Christian Academy, Beth-Eden Baptist School and Augustine Classical Academy to comply with public health orders.
They were alerted by parents that schools might not follow the mandates almost as soon as students returned to class.
“We sent inspectors because we received complaints about the masks,” Dr. Dawn Comstock, Jefferson County executive director of public health, said during questioning on Tuesday.
Comstock was the only witness to appear on the first day of the hearing.
In addition to complying with public health orders, the county is also asking a judge to order the three denominational schools to allow inspectors to enter.
Their complaint details a number of attempts to verify compliance in which inspectors say they were denied entry.
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“Anytime our inspectors are not allowed to enter a facility immediately, it gives a facility time to temporarily come into compliance,” Comstock said.
The lawyer for Faith Academy attempted to show that the school was trying to comply with the rules of the mask. Augustine Classical Academy sent parents an email stating that only parents can act on behalf of a child.
Beth Eden’s attorney told the court they are now complying with the mask order.
Those who have come forward to support the schools have expressed concerns that religious schools are being targeted by the county.
“They’re trying to make an example of it, so why don’t you have them go to other school districts and enforce that,” Jim Macguire said as he stood outside the classroom. hearing.
With each of the schools making their own case against the county, it will likely take some time before a decision is made.
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The court will resume Wednesday morning.