Clear Creek ISD committee recommends making face masks optional next school year

While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year.

Effective June 1, CCISD will require face coverings to be worn only when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained, whether inside or outside. Today, face coverings are required at all times in CCISD facilities unless eating or drinking.

According to an April 13 press release, the Clear Creek ISD board of trustees approved the Safely Reopen CCISD Committee's recommendation to maintain COVID-19 protocols through the end of the school year, make certain revisions to face mask requirements for scheduled summer activities and develop procedures for a "mask-optional environment" for all CCISD facilities in the 2021-22 school year.

CCISD reconvened the committee not long after Gov. Greg Abbott eliminated the mask mandate in Texas. The board asked the committee to address the governor's order, among other tasks, according to the release.

The committee's recommendations were shared with the public. More than 10,000 parents, staff and students weighed in, supporting the committee's recommendations.


According to the district, 75% of respondents said face masks should be required in CCISD for the remainder of the year. About 68% of respondents agreed with the committee's recommendation to eliminate the mask requirement next school year.

“The committee’s recommendations provide us direction to finish out the school year with current practices and begin the transition process from required face coverings to optional face coverings,” Superintendent Eric Williams said in the release. “We are deeply appreciative of the committee’s time and effort to come to consensus on a set of recommendations that reflect the changing dynamics of this pandemic.”

Williams will work with the board to identify how to make the changes official. The Texas Education Agency requires schools boards to officially take action to modify face mask requirements, according to the release.

CCISD has polled staff on vaccine rates. Of the 2,039 respondents, 79% said they have received a COVID-19 vaccine, the release reads.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.