A hearing that was to be held this week in Effingham County Circuit Court in the lawsuit brought by Red Hill Unit 10 along with Beecher City and Cowden-Herrick against the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and State School Superintendent Dr Carmen Ayala has been continued until the end of January. The presiding judge granted the continuance to allow Ayala time to respond to a written deposition in the case. An emergency temporary restraining order remains in place that restored the districts to fully recognized status. ISBE had removed them from that status because the school boards in all three districts declined to follow the state mask mandate and require district students to wear masks. The case returns to court on Monday January 31st.