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Some Texas school districts allowing teachers to wear scrubs when schools reopen

Some teachers asked for dress code change to allow scrubs

Nurse Melissa Bailey, left, and medical assistant Heather Andrews carry collected samples at DeKalb Regional Medical Center's drive thru COVID-19 testing site on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Fort Payne, Ala. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
Nurse Melissa Bailey, left, and medical assistant Heather Andrews carry collected samples at DeKalb Regional Medical Center's drive thru COVID-19 testing site on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Fort Payne, Ala. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to keep teachers comfortable once schools reopen, two Dallas-area school districts will allow their educators to wear scrubs.

Garland and Lancaster Independent School Districts recently announced the change, according to WFAA.

Garland ISD Superintendent Ricardo López told the news station that teachers had requested the change to the dress code.

“Scrubs are easier to clean. You don’t have to worry about ruining them. You put them in high-temperature hot water and if they come out a little faded, you are not going to worry that it is not your best clothing. So we said why not,” López said.

UT-Austin prepared a list of scenarios that would lead to a shutdown this fall. One trigger: a student dying of COVID-19.

Both districts have also purchased face masks and shields for students and staff who plan on returning to the classroom.

On Friday, Texas schools were given more flexibility on when to return to school after updated guidance was posted by the Texas Education Agency.

In areas hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, school districts can start the year online-only for the first four weeks. Schools can stay remote for an additional four weeks with a board-approved waiver request to the agency.


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