The Paris ISD board of trustees said in a statement that it "believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues," and amended it accordingly to protect its students and employees.
"The Texas Governor does not have the authority to usurp the Board of Trustees' exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district," it continued.
"Nothing in the Governor's Executive Order 38 states he has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has elected to amend its dress code consistent with its statutory authority."
The board made its decision after an emergency meeting Tuesday, when parents, district employees and local doctors discussed the subject for more than an hour, according to The Paris News. The change to the dress code is not permanent and will be revisited at each monthly board meeting.
Abbott — who announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated — has been fighting with local governments over masks for months.