Fort Bend ISD reverses mask policy after order from Gov. Greg Abbott

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Effective June 5, Fort Bend ISD will no longer require students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks in schools and district buildings, the district said in a May 18 press release.

The district announced the change in mask policy, following an executive order from Gov Greg Abbott that prohibits public schools from requiring masks after June 4.


In the release, the district said any individual may still choose to wear a mask and personal choice should be respected.

"FBISD remains committed to making prudent decisions, no matter how difficult, to keep students, staff, parents and their families as safe as possible," the release reads.

FBISD was previously planning to require masks when moving about indoors in crowded spaces and when social distancing was unachievable. Masks would not have been required while students were seated at their desks, or during lunch, recess, PE or athletics.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.