Finally weighing in on the school reopening confusion, @GovAbbott says local health authorities can't pre-emptively close schools, but can when there's an outbreak on campus.— Aliyya Swaby (@AliyyaSwaby) July 31, 2020
Plus, districts can ask for more than 8 weeks all-remote.https://t.co/7fKLKkT5b4 #txlege #txed
"Local health authorities play an important role in school closure determinations during the course of a school year if it is determined that a contamination has occurred necessitating closure, but local health authorities do not have the power to issue preemptive, blanket closures of schools weeks or months in advance of when a school may open its doors to students," the statement reads. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, state Rep. Dan Huberty, who chairs the House education committee, and state Sen. Larry Taylor, who chairs the Senate education committee, also signed onto the statement.
Weasel words, again. Local health authorities are advising county health officials. And this reasoning continues the argument from the AG's opinion, that we have to wait until people are infected before we do anything about the infection.
When, of course, people are ALREADY infected and hospitals are already above ICU capacity in most major metropolitan areas and the crisis is burning through South Texas like a prairie fire. But we can't do anything for children and teachers because....well, GOP reasoning which doesn't make sense to ordinary people.
Government has become a mutual suicide pact because $$$$ uber alles. Or something. I confess, I simply don't understand anymore.