According to a Lamar County school district judge, school districts in northern Texas cannot require students to wear a face mask as part of their dress code.
Judge R. Wesley Tidwell has issued a temporary detention order to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Ken Paxton sued Paris ISD last month after the Board of Trustees voted 5 to 1 and added a face cover to the district’s dress code to slow the spread. Of COVID-19.
“Defendants do not have the authority to issue or enforce Facemask orders in the light of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38,” Tidwell wrote in the order.
He went on to write the temporary injunction needed to “prevent irreparable damage from continued violations of state law, unless injunctive relief is provided.”
According to the Texas Department of Health, an estimated 854 COVID-19 activities were seen as of Tuesday in Lamar County, where Paris is located.
Coronavirus case in Texas
The locations on the map are approximate county locations and are not intended to identify where infected people live.
Case data from a variety of sources, including county health departments, Texas health departments, Austin’s KXAN-TV, and Houston’s KPRC-TV.
According to the Paris ISD COVID-19 dashboard, there are 35 active cases in the area, with 8 staff and 27 students.
“The Governor of Texas does not have the authority to deprive the board of directors of governing and overseeing the administration of public schools in the district,” the district said in a statement last month.
By Abbott’s order, the school district may not require students or staff to wear masks, despite recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the school system requires that an individual be able to wear a mask if he or she chooses to wear one.
Paxton has sued six other school districts that have enacted face mask policies in contravention of the governor’s executive order, including Richardson ISD.
A hearing on the state’s application for a temporary injunction in the Paris ISD case is scheduled for 9 am on September 21st.