Teachers should be respected, but parents should decide if their children wear masks when they return to school.

That was the message given at a back-to-school rally held Aug. 17 by a group of parents in Eanes ISD who gathered in front of the school district’s headquarters at 601 Camp Craft Road.

Organized by Jen Stevens, an unsuccessful candidate for the EISD school board and organizer of a group known as Eanes Kids First, Stevens said that school district officials should provide more information on the reported physical confrontation that allegedly occurred Aug. 17 between an EISD teacher and a parent.

“We don’t condone anything but love and respect for our teachers,” Stevens said. “So we need all the information.”

With the first day of school Aug. 18, EISD Superintendent Tom Leonard sent a letter to parents and staff saying the school district for the time being would mandate masks on school grounds but that enforcing such a requirement will rely on “self-regulation.”

Stevens said parents should decide if masks are appropriate for their children.

“Send your kids to school tomorrow happy, positive and whatever way works best for your family,” she said. “Don’t second guess yourself as a parent. If a mask is best for your family, no one is judging you. But if a mask is not best for your family, no one here is going to judge that, either."

During the event, some parents and children could be seen holding signs with slogans against a mask mandate. One such sign stated "My kid, my choice."