Texas’ prohibition for mask mandates in schools overruled


Although a federal judge overturned Governor Abbott’s executive order of banning mask mandates in public schooling, Frisco ISD has no plans of changing their COVID protocols to include a mask mandate.

Trisha Dasgupta, Editor In Chief

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel has overruled Governor Gregg Abbott’s executive order that prohibited mask mandates in public schools, paving the way for districts across the state to make their own decisions regarding COVID-19 mitigation protocols starting this week. 

At this time, Frisco ISD has no intentions of reintroducing a mask mandate.

“We have no plans to change mitigation procedures at this time,” FISD Director of Communications James Driskill said via email. “We are always assessing and consulting with health professionals concerning our efforts.”

The legal battle against Abbott’s executive order was spearheaded by Texas families of children with disabilities, who were concerned about the health risks their immuno-compromised children would face by attending in-person school. 

“The spread of COVID-19 poses an even greater risk for children with special health needs,” Yeakel said to The Texas Tribune. “Children with certain underlying conditions who contract COVID-19 are more likely to experience severe acute biological effects and to require admission to a hospital and the hospital’s intensive-care unit.”