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MISSION, Texas (ValleyCentral) — School districts in the Rio Grande Valley are announcing they will be requiring the use of face masks in school buses.
School districts are making the move based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the federal mask requirement on public transportation that includes school buses.
The following school districts have made the announcement.
- Mission CISD — The district will require the use of face masks on school buses. According to a release from the district, students who board school buses will need to wear face masks beginning August 16, the first day of school. Each bus will have a supply of masks on board to provide students in case they do not have one when they board the bus. Mission CISD buses will also have hand sanitizer and assigned seating for students. The district states that children from the same household will be required to sit together. The district notes that buses will be cleaned every day and bus air condition filters will capture and eliminate COVID-19 viral particles.
- IDEA Public Schools — The district is now requiring all students to wear masks while on the shcool bus. IDEA already began clases, and says in a release, most students have already been using them on the bus and during class.
School districts across Texas have started to defy Gov. Greg Abbott’s order. No district in the Rio Grande Valley has announced they will require, enforce masks in schools.
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