For the second day in a row since the start of school, parents protested outside the Killeen Independent School District headquarters Tuesday, demanding additional safety protections as COVID-19 cases rise statewide.

Seven parents and grandparents stood outside the Killeen ISD administration building, 200 W.S. Young Drive, Tuesday evening holding signs and chanting ‘Mandate masks!’ at passing cars and school buses.

Mother of two KISD students, Zoila Recinos, of Harker Heights, said she organized the event Tuesday evening to bring awareness to safety issues she says she witnessed in the first few days of the 2021-2022 school year, and to push the district to institute a mask requirement in opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates.

More than 40 school districts, cities, and counties statewide have challenged the governor’s order, enacting local mask mandates of their own in recent days.

KISD Protest

Protesters gathered outside the Killeen ISD administration building Tuesday demanding a mask mandate as COVID-19 cases rise statewide.

“The governor is not in charge of the safety of our children,” Pierangeli Torres, a grandmother of KISD students, said Tuesday evening. “We are. These teachers are. At the end of the day, you have to make decisions for the children and not for some political agenda. It’s not for that.”

Free disposable face masks, hand sanitizer stations, and plexiglass partitions, Recinos said, would have made her more comfortable as KISD welcomed back an estimated 46,000 children to in-person learning Monday.

Instead, Recinos said she saw many maskless teachers and students at Skipcha Elementary School and Nolan Middle School on Monday, no hand sanitizer stations, and student desks situated uncomfortably close during an ongoing pandemic.

“The desks and chairs are sitting like nothing is going on in the world; there is no social distance,” Recinos said. “How do you pretend to stop the spread if you’re not doing anything? You (KISD) make it sound good in front of the news, that you are doing the most you can, but you are not.”

Zoila Recinos’ husband, Juan, said he expected additional safety precautions from a school district the size of Killeen ISD.

Parent of two KISD elementary students, Kyle Wallace, of Killeen, said he felt compelled to join the protest Tuesday.

“My kids are too young to be vaccinated and we’re already having issues at school and I just found out on my way here we’re not being notified this year,” Wallace said. “That’s insane, just crazy.”

KISD’s COVID-19 notification policy changed this school year to only notify parents of students who were in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, rather than notify the whole campus as the district did last year.

KISD Protest

Irene Andrews, of Nolanville, a former Killeen ISD educator and great grandmother to three KISD students, protested outside KISD on Aug. 17 demanding a mask mandate as COVID-19 cases rise statewide.

Irene Andrews, of Nolanville, a former KISD educator and great-grandmother to three KISD students, said she wished the district had delayed reopening during the latest, fourth surge of COVID-19 in Bell County.

“Delay the opening of school, period,” Andrews said. “Delay it by two, three weeks so you can see what happens to other schools in the surrounding area.

Zoila Recinos said the rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases is something the district should take seriously.

“The hospitals are full,” she said. “What are we going to do? There’s no place for our kids to be sick. So, what are we going to do?”

KISD has had 23 reported positive cases of COVID-19 among staff in the past week, and a total of 1,877 cases among students and staff since March 2020, according to KISD data released to the Herald Tuesday.

Recinos said she will hold another protest at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24, before the school board meets at 6 p.m.

“If I have to stand up and be the voice for my kiddos, I’m going to do it,” she said.

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PUREBLOODResistTyranny

We have witnessed the birth of a new secular religion:

Covid is the devil:

Government is god:

"scientists and "experts" are the high priests.

Masks are magical talismans. (for those that are too dumb to know what this is:an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.)

Vaxxination is baptism.

Challenging the dogma is blasphemy.

Thou shalt 'follow the science' or be punished.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

💥 Former CDC Director’s Thoughts on Fauci Flu💥

Over the last 18 months there has been no evidence to suggest that Fauci Flu evolved from nature.

“From the start, the plandemic has been skewed from every angle except towards the truth. Lie after lie has fueled the lockdowns, mask mandates and now the vaccine push, which is reaching a fever pitch as the Bided regime strives to get all Americans “vaccinated.”

Anything real that might come out about Fauci Flu is quickly stopped, especially when a government narrative is threatened.

Butterfly Lady

I am a parent of 2 children who attend elementary school, and high school. I am very concerned about the govenor lifting the mask mandate. Cases are constantly rising here in Texas, and these politicians are acting like they don't care. They are making this political, and our kids are caught right in the middle. My kids wear their masks, and I wish others do the same. We should not be out here arguing about a mask something that will keep the spread down. My opinion is if you don't want your kids to wear mask,, Then you keep them home, and home school them yourself. It is the ignorance of those who say I don't want my kids wearing mask that really makes me mad. I bet you when their kids are laying up in the hospital on a ventilator, They will change their tune real quick. They need to grow up, and get some common sense.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

THE MASK DON'T WORK. CDC has already admitted that smoke particulates can get through the fibers so if they can get through what makes you think your mask is going to stop a virus that is smaller than smoke particulates. YOU DO NOT GET TO DICTATE WHAT OTHERS DO. SO if the people that don't want their kids to wear mask because they aren't psychotic tyrants who want to suffocate their children and make them rebreathe their own germs keep their kids home does that mean they don't have to pay taxes to educate your children. I have to pay taxes for your kids to get an education and I don't even have kids in school how is that fair? The people that don't want their children wearing masks are the intelligent ones who actually research the harm those face diapers cause both mentally and physically. Do some actual research and learn something instead of just relying on so called experts. CDC even admitted that the pcr test are not reliable and can not distinguish the flu, cold or this china flu that by the way has a 99% recovery rate., so your "rises" in cases are inflated. People who aren't even sick are getting tested, further inflation of numbers. Every death is counted as a covid death because the hospitals get more money. It boggles my mind that people are so ignorant and can't figure out why the flu just left last year. DO SOME RESEARCH LADY. SERIOUSLY

People like you don't get to decide it is okay to harm other peoples kids.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

Every lockdown. Every small business destroyed. Every mask. Every jab. Every single government mandate. All issued for “your safety”, using tests that can’t tell the difference between the flu, the common cold, or Covid. All issued with the false pretense that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin don’t work! Wake up people!

sanchez

Seven parents/grandparents out of a School District with 45K+ students is not a protest. The great concept behind a free society is that individuals get to make choices for themselves not everyone else. They and their children are free to wear masks as much as they desire.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

EXACTLY!!! These people do not get to dictate what other people do.

PUREBLOODResistTyranny

Sorry but SEVEN people do NOT get to demand what the rest of kids have to do. Want your kid to wear a mask go for it but don't demand other peoples kids participate in your psychosis.

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