Round Rock ISD board votes to extend mask mandate; possible censure of trustees blocked

Round Rock ISD

ROUND ROCK, Texas ( -- Round Rock ISD will continue its district-wide mask mandate, following a 5-2 vote by the district's board of trustees Wednesday night.

Board members heard hours of public comment before voting on the mandate well into the 11 p.m. hour Wednesday.

Trustees did approve a change to the existing mandate, tying it to the COVID-19 risk stages held by Travis and Williamson Counties. Under the plan approved Wednesday, masks will remain required while Travis County is in Stages 4 or 5 of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines, or the Orange and Red stages in Williamson County's color-coded system.

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Wednesday's meeting came just over a week after another meeting that ended up being cut short due to public disruptions.

Board members were also set to consider two resolutions that would have led to censures for trustees Danielle Weston and Mary Bone, following their actions at the Sept. 14 meeting. A temporary restraining order issued Wednesday afternoon by the 425th District Court in Williamson County blocked the board from voting on the resolutions.

The draft resolutions said Bone and Weston "repeatedly insisted on calling for a vote on spacing rules for the Sept. 14, 2021 board meeting even though this matter was not on the agenda."

"Per the Court's order, we will spend the next two weeks gathering evidence in the discovery process," said a joint statement from Weston and Bone. "We will then have an opportunity to present more facts and information to the court for a decision. We are hopeful that with the Court's ruling that we may be able to resolve our differences with the other board members and get back to spending important time, energy and resources on meeting the needs of students."

A court hearing on the restraining order and the censure resolutions is set for Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

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