Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed suit against three more Texas school districts defying Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order preventing mask mandates, including the Sherman Independent School District.
The Sherman Independent School District announced Tuesday there would be no change to the district’s policy requiring students, employees and visitors to wear a mask or face covering inside district facilities after receiving a letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office Friday.
The state school superintendent is among Oklahoma educators who oppose Gov. Kevin Stitt’s waiver of a mandatory quarantine for public school students, teachers and staff who have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Durant Public Schools announced Friday the move of all Durant High School students to distance learning beginning Monday “due to a high number of COVID-19 staff quarantines and out of an abundance of caution.”
Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Texas leaders announced Friday the state will give $200 million in CARES Act funding to The Texas Education Agency to purchase eLearning devices and home internet to help students with remote learning.
The president of the Oklahoma Education Association is calling for mask requirements and other safety measures in schools, warning that teachers will otherwise not return to classrooms for in-person teaching.