AUSTIN, Texas – Noel Candelaria, president of the Teachers Association of Texas, declared on Tuesday that this fall the state would require the use of masks for students and teachers on campuses.
Candelaria told Gov. Greg Abbott and Mike Morath, Director of the Texas Education Agency, declined to compel school districts for mask standards. In an email statement.
“In their haste to reopen schools amid a deadly pandemic, Gov.
Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath are refusing to order school districts to impose mask requirements on campuses or compel a systemic regimen to guard the security of many Texans who are a part of our public establishment,” Candelaria’s said.
“If schools are getting forced to reopen prematurely, the Texas State Teachers Association demands that the governor.
Therefore, the education commissioner requires every administrative district to mandate everyone entering a faculty campus or other workplace — students, teachers, staff, everyone — to wear a mask and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.”
Candelaria said that the only way that schools can return comfortably to specific courses during the autumn is to include a state order.
“The Texas Education Agency has prepared an inventory of guidelines, many of them good, for college reopenings, but safety remains first and foremost for educators and students,” Candelaria said.
“And one among the foremost essentials safety recommendations from epidemiologists and other health care professionals is missing from the TEA list — a mandate that everybody on a faculty campus must wear a mask.
“The director can vindicate the features of wearing a mask whenever he wishes.
However, long a mask order prevails to be overlooked by the school officials, the risk of safety for the pupil and the members of the faculty will increase. The governor will be an authority on this issue of health and safety and take the initiative.