Immanuel Schools sanctioned $50,000 for opening schools against court order

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno County judge has sanctioned Immanuel Schools $50,000 for their "willful violation" of a court order forbidding its students from returning for in-person learning.

On Tuesday, Judge D. Tyler Tharpe said Immanuel Schools admitted to the conditions of contempt of court - violating the order without good cause or substantial justification.

He called their willful violation of the court order "despicable" and "worthy of punishment."

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The judge said he would suspend most of the sanctions if the school district sticks to the terms of its agreement with Fresno County - including a stricter masking policy, social distancing enforcement, and surveillance testing of adult staff members.

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