Navasota ISD mask mandate will end July 1

Masks will be optional.
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:26 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 5:56 PM CDT
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NAVASOTA, Texas (KBTX) - On Monday, the Navasota ISD school board voted to allow masks to be optional beginning July 1.

Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick says the mask mandate will stay in place through summer school.

After the statewide mask mandate was lifted, the Governor’s office and Texas Education Agency left mask policies up to individual school districts. In March, Navasota ISD voted to keep the mask policy in place for the remainder of the school.

Jannie Ramirez has a daughter at the high school and says all year she felt comfortable having her child in the classroom. She says the decision to may the policy optional for next year is something she’s wary about.

“I told my daughter she’d have to wear it, whether people wear it here or not, she’s gonna wear it,” said Ramirez.

Musick says the number of cases in Navasota ISD has remained below the state and national averages, besides a spike right before Christmas.

“Currently we’re sitting at two students throughout the entire district and three staff members throughout the entire district,” said Musick.

Musick says the decision to lift the mask mandate comes from those low numbers and how the vaccine rollout is going.

“By [July 1] we feel like everyone has either had the opportunity to get the vaccine or they’re not going to get it, the vaccine, at that point. It just made sense for us to put that in place,” said Musick.

Social distancing and contact tracing protocols will remain in place.

The school board will have to approve any changes to the mask policy if new restrictions are handed down by the state, TEA, or UIL.

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