The Texas Education Agency now says it will enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on mask mandates. But that hasn't changed anything yet for local districts.
Two fundamental differences between this school year and last — the fact that most students are back in class and that most districts aren't requiring masks — might be driving the increases, officials said.
Compared with 2019, the last "normal" first day of school, attendance has been down countywide during the start of the 2021 to 2022 school year, a change some districts attribute to COVID quarantines.
Galveston County schools are reporting dozens of cases of COVID among students, and the rates of infection vary widely from less than 1 percent to more than 5 percent of the student body.
Warren Nichols, president of the college, made the announcement during the regular board of trustees meeting on Monday. The measure was unanimously approved by the board.
School districts were left in a lurch by lawmakers, the president of the Clear Creek school board said. Now, with assurances that funding will be there, the district is taking applications to restart online classes for some younger students who aren't eligible for vaccinations.
Galveston College's first three weeks of classes will be mostly online because of the rise of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County, the college's president said.
While some parents have rejoiced that their students will be required to wear masks, others say they'd rather have parent choice.
Galveston County schools districts aren't following some of the state's biggest cities in resisting governor's executive order.
Although colleges can't require masks or inoculation in Texas, many local officials are strongly encouraging both among students and faculty.
The number of families home schooling their children doubled during the pandemic, according to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.
As the rate of vaccinated adults increases, unvaccinated children have begun to make up a larger percentage of the area's positive cases.
“It is important to teach it, not just for Black people, but for everybody in the state,” said Clay Robison, spokesman for Texas State Teachers Association.
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