End in sight for Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate, future of virtual learning still uncertain

Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate is set to end June 7. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate is set to end June 7. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate is set to end June 7. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

Cy-Fair ISD students and staff are just weeks away from the end of the 2020-21 school year, and Superintendent Mark Henry said district officials have yet to decide whether a virtual learning option would continue beyond this school year.

Some form of a remote learning option has been available in CFISD since March 2020, and Henry said the district will have distributed free Chromebooks to all students by the end of April.


“Based on current law, CFISD would not receive state funding for a virtual education option unless the commissioner of education extends the current waiver or legislation passes this session to provide state funding to school districts to offer a virtual education option,” he said in an April 19 statement.

However, a decision to end the district’s mask mandate has been finalized. Henry said because vaccines have become more accessible and COVID-19 case numbers are on the decline, the mandate will be lifted June 7. Masks will be optional but encouraged indoors at that time, he said.

“It has been extremely encouraging to see the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccinations throughout the nation,” he said. “I have seen so many teachers and staff posting their immunizations on social media, and I am grateful that the majority of our workforce will have vaccines as we head into the summer.”
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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