Victoria ISD gathering information, feedback before making a local decision on requiring masks

Victoria ISD gathering information, feedback before making a local decision on requiring masks

VICTORIA, Texas – The Texas State Teachers Association,  a labor union organized as a non-profit, released a statement Tuesday, demanding that the governor and education commissioner require every school district to mandate everyone entering a school to wear a mask.

The Texas Education Agency has not sent any guidance to local districts in regards to requiring the wearing of masks, said Shawna Currie, communications director for the Victoria ISD.

Currie said they are working to gather information from local health officials and determine what will be in the best interest of health and safety for all.

In the next few weeks, the Victoria ISD will be reaching out to parents to get their input before making any local decisions on requiring masks.

In the meantime, as another way to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Victoria ISD is in the process of replacing old campus water fountains with water bottle-friendly water dispensers.

To learn more about what safety precautions the Victoria school district is planning on taking this coming school year, go here.

Here is the full statement released by the TSTA:

“In their haste to reopen schools in the midst of 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 protect the safety of millions of Texans who are part of our public school system. If schools are going to be forced to reopen prematurely, the Texas State Teachers Association demands that the governor and the education commissioner require every school district to mandate everyone entering a school campus or other workplace — students, teachers, staff, everyone — to wear a mask and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. The Texas Education Agency has prepared a list of guidelines, many of them good, for school reopenings, but safety remains first and foremost for educators and students. And one of the most important safety recommendations from epidemiologists and other health care professionals is missing from the TEA list — a mandate that everyone on a school campus must wear a mask. The governor can preach the benefits of wearing a mask all he wants, but as long as he continues to dodge responsibility for issuing a mask order, some school officials won’t require them, and health risks for students and school employees will rise. The governor needs to be a leader and take the initiative on this critical health and safety issue. Districts can be allowed to ease the mask requirement under certain circumstances, including at mealtimes, but masks must be a mandate for schools, not a recommendation.”

 

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