Today (8/16), CFBISD received new updates regarding the mask mandate and the ongoing legal situation between Dallas County and the state of Texas.
The district has been informed by our legal counsel of a separate ruling from a Travis County court that applies to all Texas school districts. The order, in Cause No. D-1-GN-21-003792, The Southern Center for Child Advocacy v. Abbott, has a statewide impact.
Specifically, the Travis County order states:
“Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that the Governor and his agents are temporarily restrained and enjoined from enforcing the portions of Executive Order GA-38 regarding face coverings against Texas independent school districts.”
Based on the Travis County Temporary Restraining Order, GA-38 is suspended and not enforceable. Therefore, local school districts can decide whether or not to mandate face coverings, unless a local order is in place. Dallas County does have a local order in effect that mandates that masks are to be worn in school buildings.
Due to these developments:
Beginning August 17, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks when inside a CFBISD school or building until further notice.
We apologize for the strain these back and forth legal decisions have had on our CFB family.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work together this school year.