The TEA released updated guidance in anticipation of the statewide mask mandate, which Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this week will be lifted March 10. Following Abbott's March 2 announcement, SISD officials said they would await further guidance from the TEA before making any adjustments to existing mask requirements.
According to a March 4 district news release, under the updated TEA guidance, SISD will continue its current practice of requiring all students, staff, teachers and visitors to wear masks while in schools or in district buildings.
"Moving forward, we will continue to work with our board of trustees and county health officials to ensure our policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 reflect our unwavering commitment to protecting the health and safety of all of our students and staff," the release reads.
SISD's current mask policy, which was approved by the board of trustees prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year, can be found on Page 10 of the 2020-21 Code of Conduct and on Page 99 of the 2020-21 Student-Parent Handbook.