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Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks

March 4, 2021

On Wednesday, March 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an update to its Public Health Planning Guidance, which is in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, issued March 2. The updated guidance affirms that the Governor’s new executive order “provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Stating that “the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe,” TEA maintains that schools must comply with the following requirement: 

“Every student, teacher and staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property or used for school activities, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

Based on the updated guidance provided by the TEA, and considering evidence that current safe practices have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to follow the instructional plans and safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan. Wearing face masks (or face shields for students in preK-2nd grade) will continue to be required in all Plano ISD buildings and at all district events. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to keep you informed on the updated public health guidance from the Governor and TEA related to student wellbeing and success.