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April 13, 2023
The Dallas Independent School District, which is the second largest school district in Texas, announced Monday it will require students and teachers to wear masks on all district property to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
This announcement comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott came with the order to bar schools from issuing mandatory masks mandates. This order was issued in May and prohibits public schools and the Texas Education Agency from requiring masks. The order also indicates a fine of up to $1,000. The Dallas ISD may be the first to defy this order, but it is also being considered by the largest school district in the state in Houston.
However, the latest guidelines from the CDC recommend masks indoors for teachers, staff, students for the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of whether or not one is vaccinated. The decision in Texas to mask students comes in light of the increase of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations of the Delta variant. Within the past week the state has averaged 11,900 cases.
The Dallas Independent School District is not the first city in the country to defy orders from state leadership. In Florida, several school districts have implemented mandatory masking at schools against an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis.
ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN
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