Georgetown ISD to remove mask mandate starting June 1

Masks will be optional at GISD facilities June 1 (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Masks will be optional at GISD facilities June 1 (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Masks will be optional at GISD facilities June 1 (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown ISD will no longer require masks inside district facilities starting June 1, GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said during the regular board of trustees meeting on May 17.

GISD waited to change its mask policy due to lack of vaccines for younger students, a rise in positive cases in younger children and staff’s safety concerns, said Melinda Brasher, GISD's executive director for communications.

Safety protocols for GISD were established in the fall and do not expire until the end of the school year. For these protocols to be changed before the end of the school year the board would have to meet and vote, Brasher said.

“The decision is just to continue following those protocols through May 28, which is our last day of school,” she said. “The next official business day for GISD is June 1, and because the school year will have officially ended, our safety protocols for the school year also expire, which allows us to make masks optional on June 1 without having to take board action.”

GISD does not anticipate enforcing the use of masks for the upcoming year but will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and make decisions based on the information, Brasher added.
By Fernanda Figueroa
Fernanda Figueroa graduated from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Fernanda now covers government and education for the city of Georgetown.


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