With the number of cases of COVID-19 surging here in Texas and the rest of the country and students of all ages heading back to the classroom in the coming weeks, many local governments and independent school districts are scrambling to not only contain the spread of the virus but also balance the rights and liberties of all those affected. On July 29, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-38, which, among other things, prohibited governmental entities, including county authorities and school districts, from requiring or mandating individuals to wear face coverings. Jurisdictions that act in contravention of this executive order or issue orders that conflict with the executive order are subject to a fine of up to $1,000. Despite the language of Executive Order No. GA-38, some local entities have opted to defy the order. In case you’ve missed the news or are having trouble keeping track of recent developments, here’s the latest: