Calvert ISD requiring students, staff and visitors to wear face masks in campus buildings

A date for ending the mask mandate hasn’t been decided on yet.
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 8:07 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:55 PM CDT
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CALVERT, Texas (KBTX) - All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks inside Calvert ISD campus buildings beginning Wednesday, Aug. 25.

”In order to stay ahead and in front of COVID-19 we know the new variant is beginning to uptick and more and more cases are coming. We want to be a little proactive. It’s very important that we keep our staff safe, we keep our students safe and in terms hopefully it keeps the community safe,” said Dr. Thyrun Hurst, Calvert ISD Superintendent.

The district is bringing masks back as a requirement to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

“I think if this helps prevent the spread, I think it’s a great move for us to do with the mandate for the masks,” said Ronnell Trotter, who is a sixth and seventh grade math teacher.

“I think that’s a very good idea because of the numbers rising,” said Kervin Babers, a former Calvert City Councilman. “I think that it will be able to keep the kids and the staff safe as possible because of the new Delta variant. I think that’s the best thing that we can probably do to keep everyone safe.”

Hurst said they have about 140 students and close to 40 staff.

“We’re a very small, tight-knit community and if something was to happen and we get an outbreak it could really impact the entire community, so it’s an effort to stay safe and to ensure that we’re able to learn,” said Hurst.

There are exceptions to wearing masks including when outside and during athletics. The district has not made a decision on when the mask mandate will end.

Under Governor Greg Abbott’s orders, face mask mandates are banned.

But many small and large school districts like Houston, Dallas, and Austin ISD’s are requiring masks.

Cases are pending in the courts over school district decisions.

Hurst said this decision was made with the district’s commitment to health and safety in mind.

We understand there are many perspectives around the issue of masks but our commitment to protect the health and safety of our students and staff is steadfast... We must provide an excellent in-person classroom experience this school year to help accelerate the learning of all of our students, especially after the disruptions of last year. To do that, we ALL need to do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and that includes wearing a mask. We will also strongly encourage those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to get one as soon as possible.

Calvert ISD Superintendent Thyrun Hurst

Students who do not comply with the face mask policy will face consequences “appropriate to their grade,” according to the letter.

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