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Board Approves Temporary Indoor Masking

August 23, 2021 (updated August 27)

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Today, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees held an Emergency Meeting in which they approved a measure to temporarily require indoor masking at all Plano ISD schools, facilities and district-provided transportation. As  COVID-19 cases this year have already surpassed last year’s peak numbers, this additional health and safety measure will be effective Thursday, August 26. This temporary measure will be effective through Friday, September 24, or until there is further guidance on GA-38 as a result of ongoing state and federal litigation or legislative action.

All students, teachers, staff members and visitors, including parents and volunteers, will be required to wear masks indoors at all district facilities and on school buses. Students and staff have the option to remove their masks while seated during meals and while outdoors. Specifically for athletics, performing arts and physical education, masks will be worn consistently except when the mask inhibits a student's full participation in the activity. 

Plano ISD will continue to monitor trends and consult with Collin County Health Care Services and the Texas Education Agency. Any changes or updates to health protocols will be communicated to families across district communications channels, and the Return to School Plan will be updated as needed. As an added resource, the Plano ISD COVID-19 Dashboard was launched on Friday, August 20.

Parents were provided an option to request an exemption for their student and the results of those requests are shared via a Mask Exemptions Dashboard. Families who missed the August 25 deadline to request an exemption can work with their campuses to submit a request.

We appreciate our community’s partnership as we work together to keep students and staff healthy and safe.