In response to a court order sent to the district, Paris ISD no longer requires masks on its campuses, according to a district-wide notification sent to parents earlier today.
“The court finds that defendants (Paris ISD, board of trustees of Paris ISD, Paul Jones-Superintendent) do not have authority to issue or enforce a facemask mandate in light of Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-38,” according to the temporary restraining order sent to the district.
The district continues to “strongly encourage (masks) all staff, students and visitors of Paris ISD.”
In an attempt to work around a mandate by Gov. Greg Abbott in August, the district added masks as part of its dress code.
“The district has received a temporary restraining order from the attorney general’s office stating that we cannot require masks as a part of our dress code,” a district-wide email states. “There will be a hearing to address the legality of our dress code. Until further notice, masks are highly recommended but not required.”