After Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that the state would no longer require people to wear masks, the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District announced it was rescinding the district’s mask mandate as of March 10.
The statement from LCISD read:
Lubbock-Cooper ISD has been in compliance with Governor Abbott’s order regarding facial coverings, GA-29. As of Wednesday, March 10, order GA-29 is rescinded, and the State of Texas will no longer require individuals to wear facial coverings. Accordingly, Lubbock-Cooper ISD will no longer require individuals to wear facial coverings. Students and staff members who wish to continue wearing facial coverings are certainly permitted to do so. In following the guidance of Governor Abbott and other state officials, the district will continue to adhere to all mandates as written and will not impose any additional restrictions. The district will continue disease mitigation practices, including frequent hand washing and enhanced cleaning processes. Additional information regarding COVID-19 guidelines will be provided by campus administrators in the coming days.
The LCISD website states, “LCISD schools hold several titles for academic and athletic competitions, and the demand for a Lubbock-Cooper education is so overwhelming that it is the second fastest-growing school district in the state of Texas. Though the graduating class of 2020 was approximately 29 times larger than the 1937 graduating class of Cooper Rural High School, the district has successfully maintained a hometown environment while offering opportunities afforded to students in larger, more urbanized districts.”
As The Daily Wire reported earlier on Tuesday, Abbott said he was signing an executive order to lift the state’s mandatory mask mandate and eliminating limits on the number of people that businesses can serve indoors effective next week.
Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%. So today, I’m issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I’m ending the statewide mask mandate.
“Today’s announcement does not abandon the safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year,” Abbott continued. “Instead, it’s a reminder that each person has their own role to play in their own personal safety as well as in the safety of others. It’s a reminder that individual safety is managed every day as a matter of personal responsibility rather than by government mandate. Individual responsibility is a corollary to individual freedom, we can have both.”
“Texans should continue following medical advice on preventing COVID just as they do on other medical issues,” Abbott added. “That is exactly how Texans were able to deal with infectious diseases in the past, like H1N1. They followed safe practices, and they got medical treatment when it was needed.”