Texas Supreme Court blocks San Antonio schools’ mask mandate

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. President Joe Biden has called school district superintendents in Florida and Arizona, praising them for doing what he called “the right thing” after their respective boards implemented mask requirements in defiance of their Republican governors amid growing COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a mask mandate issued by San Antonio and Bexar County for their public schools.

The ruling Thursday was a blow to the efforts by some cities, counties and school districts to defy Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on such measures.

A lawsuit by San Antonio and Bexar County is one of at least nine that have been filed against Abbott over his ban on mask mandates.

The court granted a request by the Texas Attorney General’s Office to put on hold an order allowing the mask mandate in Bexar County and San Antonio to continue.

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