Enforcement in the state’s public school systems of Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates has been dropped, for now, the Texas Education Agency said late Thursday.
In a public health guidance letter, the TEA said enforcement was being dropped because of ongoing court challenges to the ban. The letter said the new guidance is effective immediately and further guidance will be issued once the litigations are resolved.
The letter recommends public school systems consult local public health officials and legal counsel before making final decisions. It also requires districts to notify their teachers, staff members and families if a test confirms a COVID-19 case in a classroom or extracurricular activity. The state previously only recommended such notification.
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— Gary Fineout (@fineout) August 20, 2021
Woah. The Texas Supreme Court, which is entirely Republican, just blocked (temporarily) Greg Abbott’s petition to keep his ban on masks in schools.
This is a huge win for Texas families and a huge loss for Greg Abbott. pic.twitter.com/UqXloII0Mg
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) August 19, 2021
The Texas Supreme Court has refused a request by Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene in the case of mask mandates established by local jurisdictions.
As a result, the lower court ruling allowing school districts to require masks in their schools still stands. https://t.co/vb12aaAq5Q
— CNN (@CNN) August 20, 2021