The Texas Education Agency is changing some of its COVID guidance ahead of the upcoming school year. Limited remote instruction is now allowed but only for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are considered close contacts of someone who tests positive. Schools must notify their local health authority and state health officials of any positive tests among students, teachers, staff members, or visitors on campus. School districts will not be required to conduct contact tracing, but parents should be made aware of any close contacts. The guidance also states that schools cannot issue a mask mandate, in accordance with Governor Abbott's executive order.