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Bryan, College Station ISDs will continue to require masks in schools after Gov. Abbott rescinds mandate

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Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 8:10 AM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Thursday morning, both Bryan and College Station ISDs announced that mask requirements and all COVID-19 protocols will remain in place throughout the school districts.

Bryan ISD released this statement on its website:

Dear Bryan ISD Parents/Guardians,

After careful review of the governor’s executive order, and new guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency, it is our plan to keep all COVID-19 safety measures in place in Bryan ISD, including wearing masks inside all Bryan ISD buildings. These are outlined in the Bryan ISD Return to Learn Plan.

I appreciate all of the feedback we received following the governor’s announcement. Ultimately, we know that the safety measures inside of our schools work. That has allowed us to keep teachers and students on-campus since we started the school year on August 20, and I believe will allow us to keep our doors open for the next 55 days until the school year is over.

As you know, educators have only just been recently added to the vaccine eligible list. We have to put student and staff safety first, and regarding this, we must err on the side of caution so we can finish this school year safely, together.

Thank you for your understanding.

Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Bryan ISD Superintendent

College Station ISD sent this email to parents:

Dear CSISD Parents and Guardians:

After receiving guidance from the Texas Education Agency and the Brazos County Health District, College Station ISD will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and students by requiring the use of masks for the remainder of the school year.

Under existing protocols, CSISD has been very successful in keeping our schools open and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within our facilities throughout this school year.

These current protocols, which include masks, have been instrumental in limiting the number of students and staff required to quarantine and miss school because of being considered a close contact.

When considering current trends with new cases each day, there is no doubt that eliminating the mask requirement would result in many more students and staff having to miss school due to close contact quarantine requirements.

Your continued support, understanding and partnership in maintaining CSISD’s health and safety protocols is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Mike Martindale, Superintendent of Schools

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