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County health authority orders restrictions on school re-openings

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On Tuesday evening, Dr. Desmar Walkes, the health authority for Bastrop County, and County Judge Paul Pape released an order that outlines guidelines and restrictions for county schools. The order lays out a four-stage reopening plan and disallows in-person classes before September 7. Read the full order below: Whereas, the Texas Education Agency (“TEA”) does not have general authority to close schools due to public health, and TEA acknowledges that such authority lies with the local disaster and health authorities, the Department of State Health Services, and the Governor; and Whereas, data indicates that schools opening for on-campus instruction as currently scheduled will ...

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