Katy ISD will continue to require masks and other safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus despite the announcement the governor is lifting the statewide mandate effective March 10.

Gov. Greg Abbott on March 2 issued an executive order that allows businesses to open up to 100% capacity and repeals the statewide mask order.

However, businesses are allowed to continue to limit capacity, require customers to wear masks and follow other safety measures if they choose, Abbott said.

In regard to schools, Abbott's order states: "Public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum stand health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency."

Katy ISD will continue to follow TEA’s guidance concerning school COVID-19 safety practices, according to the statement from KISD, which include "the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing to mitigate the spread and protect the health and safety of students and staff."