Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Eric Williams told parents and staff March 2 the district will continue to abide by its current public health protocols, including a face covering requirement, following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will soon no longer be required by state law to wear a mask in public.

Abbott's Executive Order GA-34 lifts the state's mask mandate and eliminates any COVID-19-related capacity restrictions for all businesses and establishments, effective March 10. The executive order notes that "public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency.”

Additional guidance on masking in schools could come from TEA as soon as this week, Williams said in his message to the CCISD community. However, as of the evening of March 2, "all current CCISD public health protocols will remain in effect at CCISD facilities and during CCISD events," he wrote.

Students as developmentally appropriate, staff and visitors staff are required to wear a face mask or face covering when entering a CCISD facility per current health guidelines. Other regulations in place include students and staff being required to take the district's COVID-19 Health Assessment prior to arrival on campus each day.

Click here for more from Abbott's announcement on March 2.