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School districts can determine mask policies, can’t mandate vaccines, Texas Education Agency says

SAN ANTONIO – When Gov. Greg Abbott introduced this week that Texas would absolutely reopen companies and carry the mandate on masks starting March 10, many questioned how that may impression the state’s colleges.

Now, the Texas Education Agency has issued new steerage in response to Executive Order GA-34.


TEA officers stated the governor’s order doesn’t take away the company’s authority to implement operational necessities for public colleges.

Under the brand new steerage, colleges ought to proceed to require masks for anybody over the age of 10, however native faculty boards have the authority to change or eradicate the coverage.

The TEA additionally up to date necessities for the cleansing of surfaces in colleges, which not requires colleges to shut off areas which will have been closely utilized by the person with the lab-confirmed case.

The steerage additionally relaxes its steerage on cleansing practices saying, “Increasingly, evidence suggests that COVID-19 does not easily spread on surfaces and that increased cleaning practices may not be beneficial in reducing spread.”

Additional cleansing practices for colleges and buses are actually on the discretion of every faculty system.

TEA officers additionally responded to the information that educators and faculty assist workers are eligible for vaccines efficient instantly.


Teachers won’t be required to get the vaccine at this level and faculty districts can not mandate that workers get vaccinated, TEA officers stated.

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