Dallas schools defy Texas Governor Abbott’s order and will require masks

In direct defiance to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order, Dallas Independent School District will require masks across its campuses beginning Tuesday.

Per Business Insider:

Dallas Independent School District will require students and teachers to wear masks at its campuses starting Tuesday in defiance of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order barring schools from issuing mask mandates, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced the decision during a press conference Monday and said it was his job to ensure the safety of the district’s students and teachers, the Morning News reported.

Dallas is the state’s first district to go against the governor’s order, though Houston is also considering making the same move, according to the report.

The report said that while young students remain ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, school officials believe the mask mandate is necessary amid a surge in Delta variant cases.

Ben Mackey, Dallas’ board president, in a statement “Requiring masks for staff and students while on district property is a reasonable and necessary safety protocol to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and the new delta variant.”