By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Toby the Puppy and I went for a stroll through the neighborhood this weekend and ventured onto the parking lot of the elementary school just down the street from our house.
We walked next to the front door of the school, where I noticed something interesting and worth sharing.
This blog post isn’t about Toby the Puppy, who continues to amaze us every single day. It is about the sign I read on the front door of Dorothy Lowe Elementary School.
It said that “masks are required” for anyone entering the school.
How … about … that? Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed the mask mandate he had ordered as the COVID pandemic began raging a year ago. However, the Texas Education Agency has given school districts the option of relaxing the rules or keeping them in force. Princeton Independent School District has opted so far for the latter.
Keep the masks on. Continue to practice social distancing.
There are reports of cities, counties and states across the nation experiencing spikes in COVID infections as they relax the rules. I am unaware of it occurring in North Texas.
I am still concerned that Abbott’s decision was premature. The virus ain’t dead yet. We’re getting inoculated by the millions daily in the United States. I am hopeful we’ll get to that “herd immunity” stage as soon as we get near fully vaccinated status. We aren’t there yet.
Therefore, I am heartened to know that our local school district continues to keep the mask mandate in effect for our schools.
Toby and I finished our walk and I felt better after reading the sign on the front door of the school.