On August 30, the department said the investigation was targeting Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, which are currently led by Republicans. The ministry is concerned that the mandatory mask bans in these states could make students with disabilities or other poor health conditions more vulnerable to Covid-19, limiting their access to learning. directly from the children.
As millions of public school students return to classrooms, many school districts and state education agencies are having a hard time putting face mask and vaccination requirements in place, especially in Southern states where the virus has spread. is spreading rapidly.
Florida, Texas, Arkansas and Arizona have also banned mandatory mask-wearing in schools, but the U.S. Department of Education has ignored those states because court orders or other lawsuits have halted enforcement. .