Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. Photo by Renee Umsted.

Dallas ISD will continue to require masks in schools, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said in a virtual press conference Sunday.

This comes hours after the Texas Supreme Court blocked mask mandates in Dallas County and two days after a Dallas appeals court upheld Judge Clay Jenkins’ order mandating masks in all schools and businesses.

Hinojosa said the latest ruling did not mention DISD specifically, as it did Jenkins and Dallas County.

“We have to protect the health and safety of our students,” Hinojosa said. “And until there’s an official order of the court that applies to the Dallas Independent School District, we will continue to have the mask mandate.”

On Aug. 9, Hinojosa said the district would require face masks on all campuses, which was in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

DISD will have a place at campuses for students and teachers who refuse to wear masks.

The district is not involved in any litigation, Hinojosa said. But if courts rule that the district must comply with the governor’s order, the district will comply.


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