Governor’s order allows teachers and staff to return to campuses if necessary

Schools will remain closed for normal, in-person instruction for the remainder of the semester, but Gov. Abbott’s order, GA-16, issued last week, overrides any local shelter-in-place orders that would restrict school employees if they need to return to campus, the attorney general’s office has advised the state education commissioner.

Teachers and staff still are encouraged to work remotely, but under the attorney general’s advisory they may return to schools to conduct remote video instruction, clean out their classrooms or perform administrative duties.

In keeping with social-distancing guidelines, though, school employees must stagger their time at schools, wear face masks if available and screen themselves. Don’t go to campus if you have a fever or exhibit other signs of infection. Call your doctor instead.

Schools also must sanitize bathrooms, doorknobs and other commonly touched surfaces.