Children with disabilities are suing the Texas governor for banning school mask warrants.

With the Covid-19 cases in Texas because of the Delta variant, Rynders said, parents are faced with an “impossible” option: to risk their children’s health by sending them to school or to risk depriving themselves of education by keeping them at home.

The 14 plaintiffs in the lawsuit are all under the age of 12, an age group that is not yet eligible for vaccination. One is 8-year-old Juliana Ramirez. Her mother, Julia Longoria, said Juliana had asked him to return to her San Antonio school. Juliana had panic attacks during the pandemic, and her ADHD made her increasingly free of online learning. But Juliana has asthma and Mrs. Longoria is immunocompromised, which makes coronavirus infection especially dangerous for both of them.

“We couldn’t send her to school, but that would only deny her education,” Ms. Longoria said. “It simply came to our notice then. All the options put her at risk in some way. “

Mrs Longoria said she was “terrified” of her daughter. She believes the masks, along with other safety protocols, would help prevent her daughter from getting sick.

Another plaintiff is Stephanie Paresky’s 8-year-old son, who has spina bifida, epilepsy, ADHD and bronchiectasis, a chronic lung condition that makes him vulnerable to infections.

During the virtual apprenticeship, Ms Paresky, a resident of Richardson, said her son was lagging behind in reading and math because he did not receive the same level of individual services as before the pandemic. When the new school year began this month, she sent him back to her public school, which requires masks to defy the governor’s orders. Her doctors told her she could not attend safely if they were not wearing masks.

Texas disability law attorneys said they were confident of a favorable outcome in the case. But Mr Paxton, the state’s attorney general, has said he will continue to advocate a ban on the governor’s mask mandate, saying “any school district, public university or local government official who decides to challenge the order will be brought to justice. courts “”.