AG obtains injunction against Head Start mask mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry

Landry’s major victory halts Biden’s requirements of masks on toddlers and COVID-19 shots for staff and volunteers

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has won another major victory over mandates imposed by the President’s unlawful mandates in the Head Start Program.

Ruling in favor of Attorney General Landry – Judge Terry Doughty of United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana has granted the State of Louisiana a permanent injunction against the requirements of masks on toddlers and COVID-19 shots for staff and volunteers in Head Start Programs.

“I am grateful Judge Doughty applied the law and blocked this federal overreach from burdening some of our neighbors most in need,” said Attorney General Landry. “As I said when we first filed suit, masking two-year-olds and force vaccinating teachers in our underserved communities would impede child development and cost jobs; fortunately, this attack has been thwarted.”

Today’s court action restrains the United States Department of Health and Human Resources, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of Head Start from implementing the Head Start Mandate as set forth in 86 Fed. Reg. 68052 (November 30, 2021) in Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

“I thank my fellow attorneys general for joining me in this fight for our states’ families, single mothers, and elderly raising their grandchildren,” added Attorney General Landry. “I will not waver in defending our toddlers and teachers from government overreach.”

Separately, the Attorney General issued the following release concerning vaccination requirements to attend school:

This year, parents and guardians stood together in opposition to the COVID-19 shot being required for their children to attend school. As a result of their coming together, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) decided to rescind the mandate for Louisiana students. As of yesterday, it has officially been repealed.

In light of this victory for parents and their children, Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a motion to dismiss the Crews v. Edwards case, wherein he sought to have the vaccine mandate enjoined and issued the following statement:

“Today is the culmination of hard work by so many concerned parents throughout Louisiana. This is the direct result of moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians fighting for what is right. I thank Representative Raymond Crews, Health Freedom Louisiana, the Bayou Mama Bears, Town Hall Baton Rouge, Children’s Health Defense, and all those from across Louisiana that stood with us for parental choice.

Child medical decisions should be made by their guardians, not the government. I hope this health freedom victory reminds everyone what can happen when we all work together. When citizens are engaged and get involved, their government will listen.”