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Texas School District Cuts Corners, Makes Masks Part of Dress Code


A small school district in Texas made masks part of its dress code in efforts to bypass Gov. Abbott’s executive order banning mandates of the sort.

The board of Paris Independent School District, which has about 4,000 students, said in a statement that the governor’s order does not usurp its ability to manage schools, per NBC News.

“The board believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues, and therefore has amended the PISD dress code to protect our students and employees,” the district said.

“For health reasons, masks are required for all employees and students to mitigate flu, cold, pandemic, and any other communicable diseases,” the measure reads.

The measure, which passed in a 5 to 1 vote, will be revisited at every monthly trustee meeting.