After Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement ending the state's mask mandate, Houston ISD informed parents, students and staff that it intends to continue requiring masks.

"The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is aware of Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement to lift the statewide mask mandate," a statement from the district said. "HISD will continue to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks on district property and at district events. This requirement is consistent with the advice of health professionals and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

The district said it will also continue carrying out protocols outlined in its Communicable Disease Plan, including physical distancing requirements.

According to its COVID-19 dashboard, there are 58 active student cases and 60 active staff cases in the district as of March 2.