CISD School Board Makes Masks and Face Coverings Optional for Students and Staff--Effective Immediately
In a special called meeting Friday afternoon, May 21, the Cleburne ISD Board of Trustees, in a unanimous vote, approved modifications to CISD COVID protocol in making masks/face coverings optional for students and staff, effective immediately.
Earlier in the week, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order lifting the mask mandate that he put in place more than a year ago, with the stipulation that public schools could continue to require face coverings until June 4, unless their local school board took different action.
The safety and health of our students, staff and schools is always our top priority, and the decision to make masks optional for the last week of school is one that has been given much consideration by our Trustees and District administration. The District’s COVID active case count has continued to dwindle significantly and remains low—three reported cases as of May 21. This, coupled with the availability of COVID vaccines, were factors in this school board decision.
Masks will be optional for the final days of the 2020-21 school year—and moving forward—as we prepare for summer learning academies, sports camps at district facilities and other activities.
We are very grateful for the united front shown by CISD students, parents and staff in adopting and following the COVID protocols that were put in place at the start of school. Reported cases of COVID have been minimal, compared to the size of our student and staff populations. We opened the school year with in-person learning and never had to transition a classroom, grade level or campus to distance learning due to an outbreak of COVID.