HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — A group of parents has filed a lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School District objecting to the district’s policy that all students, staff and visitors wear face masks at school.
Hillsborough County will begin the school year Monday with all students learning online from their homes. Then, on Aug. 31, the district will reopen brick-and-mortar schools.
In a survey conducted in July, 56 percent of Hillsborough County parents said they wanted to send their children back to brick-and-mortar schools.
However, parents Kevin Levonas, Angelina Aucello, Matt and Priscilla Poage, Justin and Grace Warniment, Elizabeth Hagan, Mike Miller and Robert and Evelyn Griffith filed a lawsuit Friday in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, contending that the requirement to wear masks is a violation of the Florida Constitution forbidding the interference of a parent’s right to decline the use of a medical device.
Additionally, because the school district