SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – Wednesday night the San Marcos City Council voted on whether or not children should be allowed to roam the streets at all hours.

The city’s juvenile curfew ordinance expired recently, and members voted to bring it back. The reinstated curfew impacts children and teens between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.

Curfew hours:

  • Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Friday and Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The video below shows KXAN coverage before the curfew vote was submitted.

San Marcos parent Sarah Teale said she would not like it reinstated since her two sons are homeschooled.

“A huge part of learning from my perspective is us being out and about in the community,” Teale said.

Their days could consist of her sons being out at the park, riding their bikes and exploring the outdoors. It’s the freedom she wants all kids to experience.

“The boys go out in the community without me a lot of times. Actually, they’ll pop to the store, they’ll ride the bikes in our neighborhood,” Teale said.

But she said the juvenile curfew stops that from happening. It outlines certain times of the day when a minor could get a ticket for being out in public.

“It presupposes that kids in the community at a certain period of time are doing something that is troublesome,” Teale said.

San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson feels differently. She supports the curfew.

“We’re not just stopping everybody, for no reason. I think this is something that we need to pass,” Hughson said.

She said the daytime curfew discourages students from cutting class.

“I think everybody wants to make sure that kids are in school getting the education that they need to get ahead in life,” Hughson said.

The city council recently added a section exempting homeschoolers from the curfew. Still, Teale said that’s not enough.

“Kids need to be raised in a community that believes in them, and believes that when they’re out and about, they’re doing the right thing,” Teale said.

The San Marcos Police Department said curfew violations were a small portion of their overall citations. Since 2021, they said there’s only been five.