On September 29, 2021, the Justice Department filed a Statement of Interest in E.T. v. Morath (W.D. Tex.) to address the interpretation and application of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its implementing regulations to Texas Executive Order GA-38, which prohibits school districts from imposing mask requirements in their facilities or programs. The issue in this case is the impact of GA-38 on the plaintiffs—students who allege that their disabilities place them at heightened risk of COVID-19 infection and severe illness from the disease and that GA-38 requires them to choose between returning to in-person learning despite these heightened health risks and leaving the public school system. The plaintiffs’ allegations go to the heart of the protections afforded by the ADA to individuals with disabilities. As the agency charged by Congress with administering and enforcing the ADA, the Justice Department has a vital interest in ensuring that students with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all that public education can offer and that they are not unnecessarily segregated from their nondisabled peers. To find out more about this Statement of Interest or the ADA, visit ada.gov or call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA information line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD).