Humble ISD trustees amend mask policy, to reconsider mandate at May meeting

At a special school board meeting April 22, Humble ISD's board of trustees unanimously voted to amend two points of the district's mask policy, which was set at the March 9 board meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
At a special school board meeting April 22, Humble ISD's board of trustees unanimously voted to amend two points of the district's mask policy, which was set at the March 9 board meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

At a special school board meeting April 22, Humble ISD's board of trustees unanimously voted to amend two points of the district's mask policy, which was set at the March 9 board meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble ISD has updated its mask policy to allow more flexibility during outdoor activities and to add more clarification on student groups exempt from the mandate.

The district's mask policy requires students, staff and campus visitors to cover their faces on campuses and district facilities and at district events when it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of distance. However, it allows masks to be optional for specific age groups and activities.

The amendment changed part of the policy stating masks are optional for "any person younger than 10 years of age" to say "any elementary student." It also changed a part stating masks are optional for "any spectator at an outdoor event" to "any spectator or participant at an outdoor event or activity."

After the meeting, board President Robert Sitton said the policy was updated to clarify and answer questions from community members regarding the policy as well as to create more flexibility for students participating in outdoor end-of-year activities, such as graduation, senior picnics and prom.

"We realized our policy was pretty restrictive in those areas, so we just tweaked [it]," he said.


Additionally, Sitton said the board amended the age requirement to be more inclusive of students who were of varying ages in the same grade level. The update makes masks optional for all students in kindergarten thru fifth grade, he said.

As for the overall mask policy, Sitton said trustees will discuss and consider an item at the May 11 school board meeting that could make masks optional for all students and staff at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

"[The May vote] will not be ending the mandate in May, it will be to make masks optional," Sitton said during the April 22 meeting. "We'll discuss as a board to make masks optional at the end of the current school year. ... The idea is to go into the summer months with masks optional to see how it works out and moving forward into the the fall."

Click here for a detailed list of the district's updated mask policy.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Texas Litter Control will also offer dog and cat adoptions at its new Humble clinic. (Courtesy Texas Litter Control)
Nonprofit organization Texas Litter Control opens new Humble clinic

It also provides adoption services, community education, and surgery training for high-volume spaying and neutering.

ExxonMobil moved employees from its Springwoods Village campus to a Hughes Landing to cure a default on a Montgomery County tax abatement. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil resolves tax abatement default; Home Depot distribution center taking over superfund site; and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.

houston firefighters rally
Appeals court rules in favor Houston firefighters in collective bargaining case

The 14th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the fire union in a case that originated when the city and the union failed to reach an agreement on a labor contract in 2017.

The city of Humble has been investing in improvements to its four parks, such as Schott Park. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials talk park improvements, incoming e-commerce tenant at Humble BizCom event

Local business leaders and community members gathered virtually May 6 at Humble BizCom event hosted by Partnership Lake Houston.

The Texas Department of State Health Services projects a significant shortage of nurses by 2032. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Why Texas faces a growing nursing shortage and what can be done to address it

In 2018, the state health department estimated about 11% of the demand for nurses was not able to be met, and that number is expected to rise to 16.3% by 2032.

Legacy Community Health is bringing COVID-19 vaccines to historically underserved communities across Beaumont and Houston. (Courtesy Pexels)
Legacy Community Health vaccine rollout targets underserved communities in Houston, Beaumont

The health network is partnering with other entities, including Beaumont Independent School District.

HTV
Houston, Harris County annual addresses no longer hosted by Greater Houston Partnership over Texas voter bill dispute

Local leaders criticized the area chamber of commerce for not taking a definitive stance on two voting access bills currently being deliberated in the Texas Legislature.

The new location is Chipotle's first in Magnolia. (Courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill)
Chipotle opens in Magnolia; get a sneak peek of new Houston aquarium and more metro news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

The business specializes in customized in-home consultations during which families will receive a fire safety plan specific to their house's floor plan and an age-appropriate, individualized plan for each family member. (Courtesy Fire Smart, LLC)
Fire Smart, LLC celebrates one year of providing fire safety education across Greater Houston area

The business specializes in customized in-home consultations during which families will receive a fire safety plan specific to their house's floor plan and an age-appropriate, individualized plan for each family member.

The Houston Interactive Aquarium & Animal Preserve's marine building has sharks, turtles, stingrays, alligators, fish and eels. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Houston Interactive Aquarium & Animal Preserve opening delayed as attraction awaits final approval, inspections

The Houston Interactive Aquarium & Animal Preserve will open off Beltway 8 in the Humble area.