UPDATE: School districts respond to Gov. Abbott’s COVID-19 restrictions announcement

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Central Texas – The Temple Independent School District will not be changing any current health and safety protocols regardless of Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement.

Superintendent Bobby Ott sent out a release to parents and staff Tuesday afternoon, saying staff and student safety is the district’s first priority.

The district’s current plan has been vetted by the Bell County Health District, and implementing these procedures has been instrumental in allowing Temple ISD to keep campuses open to serve
students safely.

Temple ISD is now serving over 80 percent of students on-campus, and has not had to close any campuses or facilities due to the virus’s spread this school year. This is because of health and safety
protocols.

The district will continue with the existing safety protocols until notified by the Bell County Health District.

Waco ISD superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon sent out a series of tweets explaining the district’s position. She says masks will be required in any shared spaces at all schools until the Waco McLennan County Health District advises otherwise.

Belton ISD says it is reviewing the Gov. Abbott’s announcement and is consulting with local medical professionals.

We’re proud of the way our community has come together during this pandemic to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our prevention and mitigation strategies have worked. Students have been able to remain physically in school and participate in extracurricular activities.”

Karen Rudolph, APR
Belton ISD Communications Specialist

Killeen ISD tells FOX44 News the district will not make any changes to the Public Health Guide, including face covering, until the Texas Education Education Agency offers guidance.

In a statement, the Killeen Educators Association said it is dismayed by Gov. Abbott’s proclamation repealing the mask mandate. They noted the CDC still recommends wearing a mask.

We find the Governor’s actions to be both foolhardy and against science. With recent studies showing educators play a larger role than previously thought in the spread of COVID, priority vaccinations for them are now even more vital than ever. We urge everyone to continue to wear a mask, whether mandatory or not.”

KEA statement

Killeen ISD Superintendent Dr. John Craft has released the following statement:

“At this point, no changes are being recommended or made to our Public Health Guide regarding the requirement of face coverings. I have analyzed and will continue to analyze this matter from all angles with the health, safety, and welfare of all remaining my highest priority.”

– Killeen Independent School District Superintendent Dr. John Craft

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