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With School Openings Near, Parents And Teachers Say State Leaders Have Stripped Them Of Weapons Against COVID-19

Public health experts and medical professionals are sounding the alarm over the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19. The governor has stood firm on his ban against masking mandates in schools.

Anthony Peña, 15, sits after receiving a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic organized by the Travis County Mobile Vaccine Collaborative at Rodriguez Elementary School on July 28, 2021.

"We are definitely concerned about insufficient masking in schools and the lack of masking mandates," he said. "We do know that parents can help us by continuing to talk with their children and to prepare them for the school year — by emphasizing the importance of masking, distancing, sanitizing and the various safety behaviors we learned in 2020."

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