AISD has released a statement on their masking policy.
On Tuesday, the Governor of Texas made an announcement that masks will no longer be mandated in Texas. The Texas Education Agency later gave guidance that schools should continue with masks, unless a district takes action to the contrary said AISD
AISD continues saying they have heard from many people in the community over the last few days who have expressed their opinions both for and against mask requirements in schools.
AISD said the District also came to an understanding that an optional mask policy could result in a dramatic increase in the number of students who are forced to quarantine at home. While most people have strong personal feelings about masks, the decision for AISD comes down to the unintended consequences for students and staff in schools.
In the video, Loomis stated that he has heard from several people over the last few days. With that, he mentioned that he has heard opinions from both sides.
However, masks will still be required.
The Superintendent said if masks were optional, a student who tests positive, along with all those around that student, would have to quarantine for seven to 14 days.
Loomis said that could be avoided if all students are wearing masks. He said in the middle and high schools, students changing classes every day could cause the virus to spread if these students were not wearing masks.
“Too many students can’t end up having to miss the same events that they didn’t get to enjoy last spring, and I don’t think any of us want to repeat last year. So to keep schools open, keep students in class, we need to avoid large quarantines,” said Loomis.
Loomis stated that this decision is not about fear. Additionally, he said that as they continue with masks, they are going to continue opening up campus and for everyone to keep an eye out for invitations to end of the year activities.
Superintendent Loomis explained that everyone has their own strong opinion on masks. He said we will never come to a consensus and he would love to get rid of masks.
Schools will be open at 50% capacity indoors, and 100% capacity at outdoor events and activities which he said the district will announce soon.
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