Texas Attorney General: Health Authorities Can't Close Schools Over COVID-19

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a guidance letter that local health authorities can't close schools for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections.

Paxton said it’s up to school officials to decide whether, when and how to open schools, not local health authorities whose roles are "limited by statute to addressing specific, actual outbreaks of disease."

“While local health authorities may possess some authority to close schools in limited circumstances, they may not issue blanket orders closing all schools on a purely preventative basis. That decision rightfully remains with school system leaders,” Paxton said in a press release. 

Dallas and Tarrant County health officials issued orders eliminating face-to-face learning until September 8.

The TEA is already out with a statement slamming the decision saying they trust health experts, not the attorney general, when children’s lives are at stake.

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