Garland ISD will continue to adhere to its current COVID-19 protocols for the time being, the district said Tuesday.
This comes in the wake of a Tuesday announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott stating that Executive Order GA-34, which goes into effect March 10, will rescind a statewide requirement for face coverings, in addition to allowing business to open at 100% capacity.
Abbott announced the mandate’s ending on Tuesday while addressing the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
"With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said, according to a press release. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.”
In counties that are not in an area with high COVID-19 hospitalizations, individuals are “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain a social distance of six feet from someone not in the same household. However, nobody can be required by any jurisdiction to wear or mandate the wearing of a face covering, the order states.
GISD said in an email to Star Local Media it will not make any changes to its safety protocols at this time.
“We are seeking clarifying information from the Texas Education Agency and local health departments to learn how this order will impact schools,” said Sherese Lightfoot, executive director of communications. “At this time, we will maintain our current COVID-19 safety procedures until we receive more information.”