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Texas School District Relies on Underhanded Strategy to Defy Gov. Greg Abbott's Ban on Mask Mandates

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A Texas school district Tuesday changed its dress code in order to circumvent Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates.

The Paris Independent School District’s board of trustees voted to add masks to its dress code because it “believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees,” according to a post on its website.

“The Board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees.”

Abbott‘s executive order states that “no government entity, including a county, city, school district and public health authority” will be able to require masks.

Additionally, “any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds” may not require masks.

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Failure to comply comes with a fine of up to $1,000, but private businesses are exempt from the order.

“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,” the Paris school district wrote.

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“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,” the school district added.

Chapter 11 states that “the board of trustees of an independent school district may adopt rules that require students at a school in the district to wear school uniforms if the board determines that the requirement would improve the learning environment at the school.”

About 4,000 students are enrolled at the eight campuses in the school district about 100 miles northeast of Dallas, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The state Supreme Court temporarily blocked mask mandates on Monday, siding with Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton against Dallas and Bexar Counties.

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Abbott confirmed he tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The news comes just as the state experiences a 44 percent surge in cases over the last 14 days, according to The New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker.

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