HISD school board approves superintendent’s mask mandate for upcoming school year

The board voted during a meeting on Thursday afternoon

HOUSTON – During a school board meeting Thursday, Houston ISD unanimously voted in favor of the superintendent’s mask mandate for the 2021-2022 school year.

On Wednesday, HISD Superintendent Millard House II told KPRC 2 that the school board supported his decision to mandate masks for students and staff at the beginning of the school year.

On Monday, House voiced his concerns about students wearing masks as the number of COVID-19 cases rises due to the delta variant.

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House had been following data closely, and during last week’s agenda meeting, he asked HISD’s Board of Trustees to take a risk and vote on re-instituting a mask mandate.

The first day of school for HISD students is August 23.

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The mandate will go against Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, which prevents governments and schools from requiring facial coverings.

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