A Texas school district has modified its dress code to include a face mask to ban the government from wearing Greg Abbott’s mask mandate.
The Paris Independent School District, which serves about 4,000 students in northeast Texas, announced Tuesday that masks will be needed when schools reopen on Thursday.
The move comes a day after Abbott’s office announced that the Republican governor. Tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the complete vaccine
The board of trustees is concerned about the health and safety of its students, district officials said. Said in a statement. “The Board believes that the dress code can be used to reduce health issues, and therefore the PISD dress code has been amended to protect our students and employees.”
According to district officials citing the state education code, Abbott does not have the authority to run the board of trustees to run public schools.
“Nothing in Governor’s Executive Order 38 states that it has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has chosen to amend its dress code in accordance with legal authority.”
The motion to add masks to the district’s dress code was passed by an emergency 5-1 vote on Tuesday. Each monthly board meeting will review new needs for both employees and students. Paris News reported..
The district’s new dress code states that “for health reasons, all employees and students need masks to reduce flu, colds, infectious diseases and any other infectious diseases.”
The lone dissident, trustee Clifton Fendley, said he believed the district was exploiting a flaw to prevent Abbott’s statewide ban on the Mask mandate, and insisted the move violated the board’s oath of office. Is.
Statistics show that approximately 46 percent of Texas people have been vaccinated, while more than 54,000 people have died across the state since the onset of the epidemic.
Abbott also promised last week to take any school district, public university or local official to court for violating his mask mandate.
Abbott said no government agency could require or order a mask to be worn. “The way forward depends on personal responsibility and not on a government mandate.”
A message from Abbott’s office seeking comment Wednesday was not immediately returned.
According to Dr. Amanda Green, director of the Paris-Lamar County Health District, the ongoing fight against the virus and highly contagious Delta is spreading hospitals across the state to their collective breaking point.
Green, who has two children attending Paris High School, said ventilators at a local hospital ran out on Monday, and sent staff to look for more.
At least one parent apparently agreed with Abbott, saying his child had mental health consequences while adhering to the state mask mandate last year, Paris News reported.
“You’re ashamed,” said parent Joshua Vorone, leaving a cafeteria after the vote.
Meanwhile, the Texas Supreme Court on Sunday stopped the need for masks placed by county leaders in Dallas and San Antonio when students began returning to school.
According to the Associated Press, however, officials in Dallas and Baxter counties said its mandate had not been revoked and no final decision had been made.
A judge in San Antonio and Baxter County granted a temporary restraining order Monday. The decision will be appealed by the state, according to the Associated Press.