HISD waives mask mandate for schools, facilities, and buses starting Tuesday, March 1

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – On Tuesday, masks will be optional in Houston ISD.

The district announced Monday that it is relaxing the mask requirement for all schools, facilities and buses.

Anyone who feels they need an extra layer of protection or are showing symptoms will still be encouraged to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone who wants to wear a mask when entering an HISD building can still request it.

In the update, the superintendent of Millard House II said that the district will still be monitoring all COVID data and trends and will update its protocols in the event of an outbreak or in light of health officials’ recommendations. fox.

HISD is reminding the community to take advantage of the following:

  • Free on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing is available to students and staff who agree to participate in the program once. You can register and check the COVID-19 testing schedule on HISD health alert page.
  • COVID-19 vaccination clinics are held weekly at many HISD facilities. Visit the HISD health alerts page mentioned above and then click Get Immunizations to find the location.

The district said all HISD facilities will continue to be cleaned and disinfected daily with hospital-grade products.

Some big moves regarding masks have been made in the past few days.

On Friday, CDC releases new guidance says that more than 70% of Americans are able to leave masks at home, including in schools because much of the country is now considered low-to-moderate risk.

The The city of Houston also suspended the requirement to wear a mask to employees after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo lowered the COVID threat meter to orange, meaning there is still a significant and uncontrollable level of the virus in the area, but has There is an improvement as COVID-19 positive cases and ICU populations decrease.

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