Edmond Quarantine Policy On Temporary Injunction

Wednesday, December 8th 2021, 7:05 am

EDMOND, Oklahoma -

Edmond Public School’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols are currently on hold. A temporary injunction is in place, connected to a lawsuit from parents who oppose the policies. 

Six parents requested the court injunction back in September. They claimed their children were facing various issues during quarantine. 

According to the court filing, the parents say their children struggle with a lack of face-to-face instruction time, especially for children who need special education. They also say signs of anxiety and depression developed into suicidal tendencies. 

According to EPS, the district has changed its quarantine policy since the injunction was requested.  

The district issued the following statement on the injunction. 

Edmond Public Schools respect the court.... However, we feel confident that our Covid safety procedures, developed in collaboration with trusted state health officials, were made in the best interest of students and staff." 

The judge in the case said the negative impacts were not intentional and the school acted in good faith according to guidelines from county health officials. The judge went on to say the policy is “irrational” and “unbalanced.” 

The temporary injunction reads as follows: 

Plaintiff's request for temporary injunctive relief is therefore ORDERED and Granted as follows: 

  1. "The Edmond Public School District is temporarily ENJOINED from implementing or enforcing COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated students because Plaintiffs have established the protocols likely violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution." 
  2. "IT IS FURTHER ORDERED the Edmond Public Scholl District is enjoined from implementing its COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated students until further order from the court"