Message from the Superintendent: Court Decision Halts Mask Mandate Order


Duncanville ISD family,

Today the Texas Supreme Court granted a temporary stay against Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins's order issued last week requiring face masks in schools and businesses. Duncanville ISD will follow the court’s decision against issuing a mask mandate.

Starting Monday, August 16, 2021, Duncanville ISD will no longer require a face mask be worn in our school facilities. However, we will return to our prior stance of strongly encouraging the use of a face mask or face covering for all students, staff and visitors to our schools.

We will continue to make safety a priority in our daily actions, whether there is an order for a mask mandate or we are strongly encouraging people to wear a face covering inside school facilities. Duncanville ISD staff will emphasize our established safety protocols, which include:

  • Face mask and face shields available
  • Each classroom is equipped with a handheld e-mist sanitizing device
  • Routine hand washing for students
  • School buses sanitized each day
  • Partner with medical groups to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to those eligible and interested.

To view a comprehensive list of our safety protocols, go to the Back to School webpage on the Duncanville ISD website.

I recognize the change in face mask requirements is confusing. Ideally, we would stay the course and continue with the decision that the majority of our families and staff have expressed an interest in, which is a mask mandate. I encourage those who are in favor of wearing masks to do so to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we work together in the best interest of students.



Dr. Marc Smith

Superintendent of Schools

Duncanville ISD