Starting Tuesday (March 1) masks will be optional in Houston ISD schools, facilities, on buses and at extracurricular events.
Supt. Millard House II made the announcement Monday. He encouraged those who need protection from COVID for any reason or anyone experiencing symptoms to continue to mask up and said that HISD facilities would continue to keep masks on hand to provide as needed.
The district will continue to keep an eye on local COVID developments and will stay flexible about tweaking its protocols, he said, as well as offering vaccines and testing.
House’s statement is here:
Dear Team HISD:
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and consult local COVID-19 guidance, HISD is relaxing its mask mandate effective tomorrow, March 1, 2022. Masks within HISD schools, facilities, and school buses will become optional.
Students, staff, and any other HISD stakeholders that may need an additional layer of protection or are exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease are highly encouraged to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Anyone wanting to wear a mask can still request one when entering an HISD building.
The district will continue to monitor all COVID-19 data and trends and will be prepared to update its protocols in the event of community or localized COVID-19 outbreaks and recommendations from health authorities.
HISD remains committed to providing safe in-person learning and working environments by focusing on our COVID-19 mitigation framework and strongly encouraging our communities to leverage COVID-19 testing and vaccination opportunities:
In addition, all HISD facilities will continue to be cleaned and disinfected daily with hospital-grade products. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe.