Menomonie parents taking legal action to make school safe for children with special needs

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Menomonie parents are taking legal action to get their daughter back in school.

Thomas Pearson and his partner have requested a due process hearing with the district to help their daughter who has down syndrome.

The CDC says people with down syndrome are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.

Their attorney says it’s allowed under state and federal laws governing special education.

He says his clients and the district will present their arguments to a judge who will decide if Pearson’s daughter’s rights are being violated.

The lawyer adds, the family wants the district to institute mask and staff vaccine mandates, as well as quarantine and social distancing measures. 

“We don’t think we’re asking for a lot. We’re not asking for any money. We’re asking her to not have to risk her life, or we’re asking the district so that she doesn’t have to risk her life to get what every what every child has the right to, to go to school.”

The hearing will likely take place in December if the case is not settled.

First News at Nine reached out to the Menomonie school district administrator who declined to comment.

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