Texas County Allows Two Private Christian Schools to Reopen for In-Person Classes

Students at Bayless Elementary in Lubbock raise their hands to answer a question. Credit: Jerod Foster for the Texas Tribune

A county in Texas is allowing two private Christian schools to hold in-person class instruction, despite earlier issuing a ban on such practices for public and private schools.

Cameron County officials had previously prohibited all schools, including Laguna Madre Christian Academy and Calvary Christian School of Excellence, from holding in-person classes.

However, the First Liberty Institute, a law firm representing both schools, announced last Thursday that the county would allow the schools to hold in-person instruction.

Both schools intend to enact safety measures to help curb the risk of spreading the coronavirus, including social distancing and the wearing of facemasks.

Jeremy Dys, special counsel for Litigation and Communications at First Liberty, said in a statement that his organization was “pleased” with the county decision.

“We are pleased that Cameron County has approved of the careful work Laguna Madre Christian Academy and Calvary Christian School have put into safely resuming in-person classes,” stated Dys.

“As Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made clear weeks ago, local officials serve their community best by respecting the religious liberty of religious institutions.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski