Houston ISD COVID: Parents threaten students to walk past mask authorization

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The Houston ISD Mask Mission may be coming to an end.

Students and parents heard their voices, and leaders listened during the board meeting on Thursday night.

The mask rule still applies, so students at schools in the district must wear masks today, but the end of the day may be near.

Last night at the school district’s board meeting, the superintendent of Millard House said masks could become optional after spring break, but that’s only if COVID-19 cases in our area continue. downward trend.

It was a very contentious board meeting, with several parents, students and teachers voicing their concerns. One parent even threatened to walk students by the end of this month if things didn’t change.

All of this is happening as school districts across the country begin to end their school mask duty. Leaders in Oregon, New Jersey and Connecticut all plan to end their school mask mandates.

SEE MORE: ‘HISD continues to use its mitigation framework’ despite calls to end the mask mandate

The Houston Teachers Association says it still wants mask requirements, and the CDC says students should still wear masks inside classrooms.

“I never wear a mask. Why am I forced to wear a mask in exchange for school? I’m only seven years old, but nothing you’re doing makes sense,” said Aria, a second-grader. at the board meeting.

“If you believe children should wear masks eight hours a day, then I expect you to wear masks eight hours a day with them,” says Melissa, an HISD parent.

“My grandparents, who have serious health problems, have had COVID twice this year, and I,” said Alex, a sophomore at HISD who attended the meeting via Zoom. I’m sure it’s me. “I’m the only one who leaves this house and goes to school.”

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