As it prepares for a more normal 2021-22 school year, Spring Branch ISD expects there will be no mask mandate in district schools next fall, Superintendent Jennifer Blaine said Thursday.
The district will continue to work closely with its medical advisers to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the community, but Dr. Blaine said officials are encouraged by the growing numbers of vaccinations in the area and projections for continued progress nationwide in the fight against the virus.
“I expect at this point that we will not have a mask mandate when school starts in August,” Dr. Blaine said.
The school district has been reviewing its COVID-19 protocols throughout the current school year and has been working on protocol planning for next school year over the past few months.
The mask mandate remains in effect at Spring Branch ISD schools for the current school year.
Working with its medical partners and following federal, state and local guidelines, Spring Branch ISD has successfully enacted safety protocols throughout the current school year to minimize the potential for spread of COVID-19. SBISD now has 81 percent of its more than 33,000 students back in class, in person, and schools have been open and operating safely throughout the school year.
The Spring Branch ISD 2021-22 school year for students starts on August 16.