Not all Texas school districts may require masks, according to the judge, but some do

A court order that temporarily blocked Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask warrants in Texas public schools will expire Friday, but a group of school districts advanced their candidacy to demand masks from their schools.

State District Judge Catherine Mauzy of Travis County denied a request from the Southern Center for Child Advocacy, a nonprofit education group, to extend a temporary order blocking Abbott’s ban and allow that any Texas school district requires students, teachers, school staff and visitors. wear masks in public schools.

But in another case, the same judge temporarily blocked Abbott’s executive order banning local mask warrants with a temporary ban, allowing 20 school districts to demand that students, teachers, school employees and visitors wore masks to public schools.

These districts include several border school districts, such as La Joya, Brownsville, and Hidalgo ISDs, as well as districts in the larger metropolitan areas of the state that later joined the demand, including Houston, Austin, and Dallas.

“In the absence of this order, school districts and the community university district will not be able to adopt a facial coverage requirement to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which threatens to overflow public schools and could lead to more extreme measures such as the closure of schools that have already begun in several Texas school districts, ”Mauzy wrote in his sentence.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already appealed Mauzy’s sentence. In the push between state Republican officials and local officials over mask mandates, a lower court will often favor cities, counties, and school districts and allow them to initiate their own rules on the use of masks before a higher court overturned them, siding with Abbott and Paxton.

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From The Texas Tribune