(The Center Square) – Masks can’t be forced on school kids without a health department quarantine order in another school district in Illinois.

That’s the latest temporary restraining order against a district brought by attorney Thomas DeVore, this time on behalf of parents of Hillsboro school children.

Mirroring several other cases in the past week, DeVore argued successfully for a temporary restraining order against the district enforcing mask mandates. He has said state law is clear that masks are a medical device used in quarantine and that requires a quarantine order from the county health department. If the parents don’t comply, it must be court-ordered.

A Montgomery County judge Friday agreed, but the order differs slightly from others in recent days, saying the “school may still isolate symptomatic students pursuant to applicable law.”

A status conference for the Hillsboro case is set for Nov. 2.

Staff Reporter

Greg Bishop reports on Illinois government and other issues for The Center Square. Bishop has years of award-winning broadcast experience and hosts the WMAY Morning Newsfeed out of Springfield.