Spring, Klein ISDs await further guidance from Texas Education Agency following end of statewide mask mandate

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will no longer be required by state law to wear a mask effective March 10, officials with Spring and Klein ISDs said they are awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency before they make any changes to existing mask policies. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will no longer be required by state law to wear a mask effective March 10, officials with Spring and Klein ISDs said they are awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency before they make any changes to existing mask policies. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will no longer be required by state law to wear a mask effective March 10, officials with Spring and Klein ISDs said they are awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency before they make any changes to existing mask policies. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that Texans will no longer be required by state law to wear a mask effective March 10, officials with Spring and Klein ISDs said they are awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency before they make any changes to existing mask policies.

Current KISD policy requires that all KISD staffers, community members and students in grades pre-K-12 wear masks while on KISD property. This includes, buses, hallways, common areas, athletic areas, stadiums, repair centers and anywhere else people may congregate.

KISD officials issued the following statement shortly after Abbott's announcement March 2:

"This afternoon, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 rescinding the statewide mask mandate and opening Texas Businesses to 100% capacity effective next Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Klein ISD is currently reviewing the Executive Order and seeking guidance from the Texas Education Agency. As we have done so successfully all school year, Klein ISD will continue to follow current TEA health and safety guidance. All safety protocols will remain in effect until further clarification is obtained. Klein ISD thanks our School community for your continued patience and understanding."

Current SISD policy requires all students and staff to wear a mask as they enter and exit district buildings and while in common areas, such as bathrooms or cafeterias.


"We understand that wearing a mask is difficult for even adults to tolerate so we are taking an approach that will encourage and educate everyone on the benefits of wearing a mask without creating a punitive environment," the policy reads.

Shortly after Abbott's announcement, SISD issued the following statement:

"Spring ISD is aware of Gov. Abbott’s decision to lift the mask mandate and some other COVID-19 restrictions. We’re still evaluating how this decision, which doesn’t go into effect until March 10, will impact school district operations. Our priority will remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families as we await additional guidance from the TEA and our county health officials. We pledge to keep everyone updated as we learn more."

TEA officials announced via Twitter that updated guidance for districts will be released later this week.

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.