Statement on federal court ruling over mask mandates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2021

CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343,

Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on the federal judge’s decision to overturn a ban on mask mandates:

We have fought long and hard to ensure that our schools have the ability to do what’s best in their community to make sure that students and teachers are safe, to respond as they need to do, according to science, to protect their communities.

Today’s federal court ruling allowing a mask mandate in schools affirms that we should be able to respond in the pandemic with the right measures for what we are facing locally, regardless of misguided blanket orders from the governor.

With the opportunity now to vaccinate our younger students, we look forward to letting districts work with their local health officials to decide on the best means to keep their students and teachers safe.


The Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

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