BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County judge overruled objections from a group of parents to the Boardman Local School District’s mask requirements.

Judge Anthony Donofrio wrote the school policy appears to have a rational basis and appears to be in place to allow continued in-person classroom teaching.

He also said the parents’ group failed to demonstrate the mask order is causing irreparable harm.

Calling themselves the Boardman Ohio Parents Group, a group of 10 parents had filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the Boardman School Board and Superintendent Timothy Saxton.

They allege that the district’s mask policy was implemented without authority and is illegal and unreasonable.

The judge denied a temporary restraining order but is allowing a hearing on January 27 for the parents’ group to argue for a permanent restraining order.

Attorney John Zomoida, who is representing those parents, released the following statement Wednesday night.

“My clients remain optimistic about their case and look forward to fully presenting their evidence at trial. They remain unwavering in their fight to protect the best interests of their children.”