A federal appeals court has agreed to reconsider a challenge to COVID-19 mask orders affecting students at a Catholic school.

Resurrection School, a small, non-public school for grades kindergarten through fifth, challenged the state’s mask mandate, claiming it denies the plaintiffs’ freedom of religious exercise and speech, and argues the defendants lack the authority to issue such orders. The Lansing, Michigan, school, as well as parents and their children, sued state and county officials in Resurrection School v. Gordon, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in October 2020.