In a time of great turmoil, people have their best opportunities to find new ways to change and to solve problems. A Texas school district, The Paris Independent School District(P ISD), discovered a solution to circumvent Governor Greg Abbott’s mask mandates ban. Ironically, the day after a standing-room-only fundraiser, Abbott announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. This even though he was fully vaccinated.
The governor put into motion an executive order that forbade government employees from being forced to wear masks. School districts across the state fell under that ruling. Even so, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio school districts disagreed with his executive order and chose not to follow it.
The Paris School District has changed its dress code to includes masks. Students must wear the masks whether or not they have been vaccinated. Some local governments and school districts in Texas are defying the governor’s ban on mask mandates.
However, U.S. pediatricians demanded:
‘Everyone should wear a mask in schools, vaccinated or not.’
‘[It] believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues and amended it accordingly to protect its students and employees.’
‘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.
‘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.’
Some local governments and school districts in Texas are defying the governor’s ban on mask mandates.
The Texas Supreme Court ordered Abbot’s temporary restraining orders to remain in place, a restraining order in two counties, where it struck down temporary restraining orders that enabled two counties to institute mask requirements.
Editor of the statewide political newsletter The Quorum Report, Scott Braddock told NPR:
‘Now you have officials at the local level saying, at least if you’re not going to help us, get out of the way, but that doesn’t seem to be where we’re headed.’