Health Advisory Updates
8-16-2021 Bexar County District Court Grants Temporary Injunction
The Bexar County District Court Judge Antonia “Toni” Arteaga granted the City of San Antonio and Bexar County a temporary injunction allowing the Health Authority’s mask mandate for public schools to remain in place. The courts will consider a permanent injunction tentatively set for December.
8-15-2021 Texas Supreme Court Blocks Mask Mandate in Bexar County, Dallas County
The Texas Supreme Court issued a stay order against mask requirements issued by local leaders in Bexar County and Dallas County. This means that the mask mandate issued by the Bexar County Health Authority will no longer be in effect. An injunction hearing will still take place on Monday, August 16 where a local district judge could determine if local governments can mandate masks. According to Governor Abbott, "The ban doesn't prohibit masks. Anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so, including in schools."
8-10-2021 Bexar County Health Authority Issued a Health Directive
The Bexar County Health Authority has issued a health directive for public schools after a judge granted San Antonio and the county a temporary restraining order against Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools. The health directive states: "Schools shall follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for universal indoor masking and require all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask indoors."
8-5-2021 Texas Education Agency Releases Public Health Guidance for the Operation of Public School Systems During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The guidance in this document is authorized by Executive Order GA-38, which has the effect of state law under Section 418.012 of the Texas Government Code. Executive Order GA-38 provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document takes effect immediately, replacing all prior guidance. For more information, visit TEA's Coronavirus Support and Guidance website.
7-29-2021 Governor Abbot Issues Executive Order Providing Clarity and Uniformity in the State's COVID-19 Response
In this press release, Governor Abbot asserts, “The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”
Our district’s standard health procedure is to ask that ill students and staff stay home. This is especially important with any person who is running a fever, has a cough and/or difficulty breathing. In those cases, we ask that you contact your health provider immediately. Should anyone with these symptoms come to school, we will ask that they return home immediately.
The symptoms of influenza and Coronavirus (COVID-19) are very similar (fever, body aches, coughing and generally feeling bad). If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical attention. The doctor can do a simple test to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Judson ISD will keep you updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face, cover your coughs and sneezes and limit exposure to family members and others who may be ill.
Currently there is no vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are some preventative measures you can take to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Wash hands often for 2 minutes (which is equivalent to singing happy birthday twice)
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available
- Do not touch your face. Eyes, nose, and mouth are portals for the virus to be transmitted
- If you have a fever of 100.4 or over please contact your health care provider for guidance
- If you feel ill or have a fever, cough, or general upper respiratory systems stay home and away from others