In opposition to Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in schools, a district in Paris, Texas simply amended their dress code to require masks.
Paris Independent School District (PISD) wrote, “The Texas Governor does not have the authority to usurp the Board of Trustees’ exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district.” However, the Texas Supreme Court upheld Abbott’s ban, which does not prohibit mask-wearing, but rather makes the decision a personal choice.
PISD continued, “Nothing in the Governor’s Executive Order 38 states he has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has elected to amend its dress code consistent with its statutory authority.” The governor previously warned that any school districts, public universities, or local government officials who attempt to override the ban will be taken to court.
Days before, the Dallas ISD, the second largest district in the state, announced a mask mandate for students and teachers. After Governor Abbott contracted COVID-19 himself, opposition to his ban on mask mandates intensified. However, his policies never undermined the importance or choice of wearing a mask.
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