McKinney ISD to resume learning in 2021-22 with all in-person classes and optional masks

Wolford Elementary School fifth grade teacher Michele McGilvray welcomes students to her class on September 3, 2020. Next school year masks will be optional. (Courtesy McKinney ISD)
Wolford Elementary School fifth grade teacher Michele McGilvray welcomes students to her class on September 3, 2020. Next school year masks will be optional. (Courtesy McKinney ISD)

Wolford Elementary School fifth grade teacher Michele McGilvray welcomes students to her class on September 3, 2020. Next school year masks will be optional. (Courtesy McKinney ISD)

McKinney ISD announced in a letter to parents May 10 that the district will not offer virtual instruction during the 2021-22 school year, and starting May 24 masks and face coverings will be optional throughout the district.

“I am encouraged by the reduction in COVID-19 cases in our community and our district, and we thank the MISD Health Services Department and the McKinney Fire Department for their tireless efforts to provide vaccinations to the McKinney community and to our staff,” Superintendent Rick McDaniel said in the letter.

He noted that while the district intends to return in the fall with 100% in-person classes, this is contingent upon the direction from the Texas Education Agency.

Masks and other face coverings will continue to be optional at all district campuses and facilities for classes and other events into the fall semester, the letter stated.

“The district will continue to monitor trends and will adjust accordingly should the need arise,” McDaniel said in the letter.


MISD will celebrate its graduates May 21 at the Allen Event Center, and masks will be recommended but not required for the ceremonies, the letter stated.

“We also look forward to welcoming parents and volunteers back to our campuses this fall,” McDaniel said. “Thank you for your patience this year and willingness to help us maintain procedures established to keep students and staff as safe as possible.”
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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