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Lawsuit over Bentonville School District's mask mandate dismissed

Public health officials have urged schools to require masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus due to the highly contagious delta variant.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A lawsuit filed by parents challenging a northwest Arkansas school district's decision to require face masks has been dismissed.

The parents sued over the Bentonville School District's mandate. They argued that the local school board had no authority to impose the requirement. 

According to the school district, the litigation filed against it pertaining to the mask mandate was dismissed Thursday, Sept. 9.

The district approved the requirement after a judge blocked Arkansas' ban on mask mandates. More than 70 public school districts and charter schools have approved mask mandates since the judge's ruling. 

Public health officials have urged schools to require masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus due to the highly contagious delta variant. 

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