Northwest ISD will no longer require masks on campuses starting at the beginning of summer school June 7, following recommendations from the district’s COVID-19 Task Force. Campuses will be open to visitors, and facilities will be available to rent after June 7 as well.

The NISD board of trustees voted to amend the district’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols May 10. The board previously voted April 12 to make masks optional during outdoor activities and to allow parent teacher association volunteers on campus during the school day.

“We wanted to wait a couple more weeks to see if that would cause any undue issues, and it has not,” Superintendent Ryder Warren said.

The district’s COVID-19 reporting dashboard showed that as of May 10, there were eight active cases in district schools.

Cleaning and contact tracing guidelines will be reviewed and discussed based on further guidance from local health departments, according to district documents. In an update sent to the community May 7, Warren said that in the event of a summer COVID-19 surge, district leadership will again implement necessary safety measures.

“I think it's a testament to what we've done to help the numbers get where they are,” Warren said. “We did not want to upset the apple cart on the way to the end.”