Texas educators want masks to be required at schools, Gov. Abbott’s executive order prevents this

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TYLER, Texas (KETK/KXAN)- With the Delta variant becoming more prevalent in the state of Texas, and with a new school year about to start, the CDC is recommending that people wear masks once again.

But Governor Abbott issued a new executive order, preventing local governments from mandating masks.

Some Texas educators said they are worried about the safety of their staff, students and their families.

“For us there is no confusion, we are asking our governor to put the safety of our students and our educators first,” mentioned Ovidia Molina, the president of the Texas State Teachers Association.

Gov. Abbott said his executive order allows Texans to use their individual responsibility regarding masks.

“The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates,” Abbott said in a press release. “Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”

The TSTA is also launching a campaign that allows you to message or call the governor directly, to voice your concerns about mask rules.

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