A state appeals court has allowed the Round Rock School District to continue to require masks on campus, as a lawsuit by Attorney General Ken Paxton over the district’s mask warrant continues.
A panel of judges from the 3rd Court of Appeals on Friday blocked a temporary order from State District Judge Rick Kennon that barred the school district from enforcing its mask mandate amid the COVID-19 pandemic In progress.
On Thursday, Paxton declared a victory after Kennon, a Williamson County Republican, issued a temporary restraining order against the school district’s mask requirement.
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The Round Rock School District argued Kennon abused his discretion by making the order without a hearing, notice or explanation and asked the appeals court on Friday to stay it.
Justices Thomas Baker, Gisela Triana and Edward Smith, all Democrats, granted the school district’s request and ordered the state to respond no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In an announcement Friday night, leaders in the Round Rock School District said they plan to continue demanding masks.
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The Round Rock school board is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss and take possible action on the district’s mask mandate, which was set to expire on Saturday after the board postponed discussion due to tensions and disruption at a meeting on the day. last week.
More than 100 school districts are defying or have defied an executive order by Governor Greg Abbott banning public schools from requiring masks in schools, according to a list from the attorney general’s office. In response, Paxton sued the leaders of the Round Rock and Elgin school districts, as well as several other school districts.