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

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.