August 16 Mask Mandate Update from the Superintendent

August 16, 2021

Dear Coppell ISD Family, 

Shortly after sharing my message with you all yesterday afternoon, the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Executive Order.  This means that Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order is now the order in effect, and at this time masks are optional inside all Coppell ISD buildings and campuses. Regardless of the mask mandates, the safety protocols we have previously put in place will remain.

While we highly encourage and strongly recommend the use of masks, the Governor’s Executive Order gives the right to individuals to choose whether to wear a mask. Coppell ISD will respect the decisions of our staff, students and visitors who choose to wear a mask based on this latest court battle. This is a fluid situation, and we expect there will be additional updates and changes to come. As always, we are committed to communicating these changes to our community as they occur. 

I expect this court battle to continue with the next hearing scheduled for Tuesday, August 24.  As my message stated yesterday, “Whether you agree or disagree, Coppell ISD must follow the current law.” Whatever your stance regarding masks, I ask we all come together for the sake of our children, our educators and our district family. Again, I want to reiterate, we ask that you be mindful that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone, and that our campuses are working many hours around the clock to create a loving and safe learning environment that celebrates and captures the excitement of the first day of school.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brad Hunt
Superintendent