Texas School District Implements Mask Mandate After Two Teachers Die of COVID-19

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  • A Texas school district has implemented mask mandate, following the death of two of its junior high school teachers from COVID-19
  • Connally ISD, in McLennan County, closed down all of its campuses on August 31 following the surge of COVID-19 cases in the community and the increasing absences of students and staff
  • Last month, two social studies teachers, David A. McCormick and Natalia Chansler, at Connally Junior High School died last month from COVID-19, as the county reports record numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the pandemic began
  • The school announced last week that students, staff, and visitors would have to wear masks in schools and district buildings when it resumes fully on Tuesday
  • In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning mask mandates, but several districts have defied the order and are requiring face masks in schools