East Texas schools respond to Gov. Abbott’s lifting of mask mandate

East Texas schools respond to Gov. Abbott’s lifting of mask mandate
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - From Tyler ISD: Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted a state-wide mask order, effective March 10, 2021.

As the largest school system in the state to return to full in-school learning with at-home options available for medically attested students, our Return to Learn health and safety protocols have proven effective. We have successfully kept our doors open all year, giving our best efforts to accomplish our educational mission for successful student outcomes with an emphasis on attendance and safety for students, teachers, and staff.

The Governor’s order addresses Texas schools to “operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency”. We expect and await further interpretation from TEA as our focus remains on successfully finishing the school year while taking the steps necessary to ensure this happens.

As we have throughout this unique season, we will be reviewing what works for our school system and what is in the best interest of our staff, so that our students can experience in-person learning and complete this unique school year successfully.

We thank you for your continued efforts in keeping yourselves and our students healthy and learning in-person while serving those at home as well, every day.

From Longview ISD: Longview ISD is aware of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to remove the mask mandate starting next Wednesday, March 10.

The district looks forward to continued guidance from federal, state, and local authorities regarding how this will impact public schools. However, for the time being, face coverings and other preventative measures will continue to be required at Longview ISD campuses and facilities.

Our administration is currently discussing this matter internally and will release additional information in response to this announcement in the coming days.


Just a few minutes ago, Governor Abbott announced an ending to several COVID restrictions in Texas, including capacity and mask orders effective next Wednesday, March 10th. We have not seen the new orders or any associated documents, as they have not yet been released. This will be a fluid situation over the next several days as we get guidance from our local county, the UIL, and the Texas Education Agency. There are also unanswered questions about what this means for quarantine guidelines and close contact for exposures.

We will continue to operate under all current guidelines until next Wednesday, and we will release new information as soon as we have it.

Chapel Hill ISD announced on Twitter: As many of you are aware, Governor Abbott rescinded the statewide mandated mask requirement effective March 10th. Out of an abundance of caution and care, CHISD will continue to follow its safety guidelines and mask requirements at this time.

From Carthage ISD: CISD has received questions concerning Governor Abbott’s dismissal regarding the directive of wearing masks in public.

With the overabundance of caring, caution and respect of students, faculty and staff, and families, the district is strongly requesting all of the CISD community’s continuation of wearing masks during school, on school buses and at school activities.

From Nacogdoches ISD: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order today that will lift the statewide mask mandate, effective March 10, 2021. Until that time, Nacogdoches ISD will continue to require students and staff to wear face coverings on its campuses and in its buildings. NISD is awaiting further guidance from Texas Education Agency in preparation for the questions that are sure to arise from this new order. NISD’s Spring Break is next week, and the district will provide further information for students, their parents and our staff. NISD will take every precaution possible and will continue to make the health and well-being of its students and staff the top priority.

Trinity Valley Community College announced on their TVCC Twitter account: Dr. Jerry King today announced TVCC will continue to follow CDC protocols and measures, including the mask requirement, for the foreseeable future. “The overall health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority in this unprecedented pandemic.”

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