AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - The Texas Education Agency has updated its guidance on face coverings in schools, allowing local school boards to determine policy.
The guidance states a public school system may keep its current practices on masks.
On Tuesday, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 which stated that the statewide wearing of face masks is no longer mandated. The order will take effect on March 10. In the order, he left TEA’s authority to implement operational requirements for public schools in place, so schools can choose to follow TEA’s guidance, whether it differs from the state mandate or not.
As a result of the lifting of the order on masks, TEA has updated its Public Health Guidance. They say that a public school system’s current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy.
TEA has also made updates related to surface cleaning requirements.Additionally, the Department of State Health Services announced today that educators and school support staff are eligible for vaccines effective immediately.