During a March 9 special meeting, the Comal ISD board of trustees amended the district’s health and safety guidelines to give parents and teachers a choice regarding face coverings, effective March 10.

Following the Texas Education Agency’s provision that school districts have the authority to determine coronavirus-related health protocols, individuals will now be allowed to choose whether they will wear a face covering while on campus and during school activities.

According to a statement released by board President David Drastata, quarantine guidelines will remain in place regardless of the individual’s choice to wear a mask.

“We strongly recommend the continued use of face coverings to protect our teachers and staff, and your child’s opportunity to participate in spring sports, fine arts, prom and potentially graduation,” Drastata wrote in the release.

Students and staff members who come within 6 feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more where one or both people were not properly masked will still be required to quarantine.

The use of face shields and neck gaiters will not exclude an individual from the quarantine requirement.

As of March 9, CISD reported a total of nine active positive cases of COVID-19, 33 symptomatic cases and 46 exposures to a positive case. New Braunfels ISD reported 15 active positive cases, 18 symptomatic cases and 91 exposures to a positive case as of March 9.