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Masking is Recommended, but not Required

Posted Date: 04/06/2021

Masking is Recommended, but not Required

April 5, 2021

During last night’s regular school board meeting, Hawkins ISD board members voted to make the wearing of masks optional and a personal choice at all HISD schools and facilities. HISD conducted a Public Health Survey of all staff and parents. The staff and community expressed their vote in this online survey. The survey results were shared with the Board of Trustees.

While wearing a mask is still recommended, it will no longer be required for all operations within the school district. Schools will still have masks available for students and staff members.

HISD will continue to follow all quarantine guidelines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This means, if your student is not wearing a mask while attending school, they may be quarantined if they have been deemed, by school officials, to have had close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19.

This is a fluid situation, and HISD will continue to monitor all COVID-19 testing and positive result rates within our district and schools. If we experience a significant number of cases, we may require masks during this short period of time.

HISD will continue to sanitize all of its facilities regularly for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. We will announce any further changes or updates to our HISD health procedures as they become necessary.

In addition, HISD is currently working on scheduling some end-of-year academic events and reopening some of our day-to-day interactions with parents on campuses. We hope to have some information for you in the coming days.

We would like to thank all of our students, parents, and staff for all of their patience and support as we have navigated through this together.


Stephanie McConnell, Superintendent