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Following Guidance from TEA, Allen ISD to Continue Face-Covering Requirement

March 4, 2021

 

Following Guidance from TEA, Allen ISD to Continue Face-Covering Requirement

This afternoon, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) held a statewide conference call to discuss the Governor’s Executive Order GA-34. Following TEA’s guidance, Allen ISD will continue its current practice of requiring face coverings for all students in grades 4 through 12, as well as all staff members, for the remainder of this school year. 

 

The TEA guidance states, in part: “Schools must comply with the following requirements: Every student, teacher, or 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…” This guidance also applies to any adult visitor on a campus or school facility for any event or activity. Allen ISD will continue its social distancing and cleaning procedures as outlined in AISD’s “COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Procedures.”

 

We all desire a return to normal, but the safety of our staff and students will remain the priority in our school district. Allen ISD has experienced a relatively low number of positive COVID-19 cases this year, and we believe this correlates to the safety procedures that have been in place for the entirety of the school year. 

 

Additionally, the proper use of face coverings is a mitigating factor in determining the definition of “close contact” during contact tracing, per TEA guidelines. Therefore it reduces the likelihood of having to quarantine large groups of students at one time. Allen ISD is striving to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff while also keeping our campuses open for the remainder of the year.

 

Allen ISD is grateful that educators have now been included in the phased vaccine rollout. As vaccines continue to be widely distributed to educators and all citizens, district officials will assess and reevaluate the face-covering requirement this summer in preparation for next school year.

 

We wish all of our students, families, and staff a safe and restful Spring Break, and we look forward to finishing the school year on a positive note.