Plano Mask Mandate Ends

Temporary mask mandate comes to an end

Penelope Hurtado, Staff Writer

     On Thursday, August 26, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved a measure to temporarily require indoor masking at all Plano Independent School District (ISD) schools, facilities, and district-provided transportation.

     This mandate was put in place due to “Peak COVID-19 numbers have already surpassed those reached in 2020 and that it will continue to consult with Collin County Health Care Services and the Texas Education Agency before amending health protocols,” Plano ISD officials said.

      The mandate did help bring down the amount of positive COVID-19 cases between PISD students and staff significantly.

    However, this temporary mandate was lifted on Friday, September 24, 2021, and since then COVID-19 positive cases have started to creep back up. 

     The number of positive cases has not quite grown to where it was at the beginning of the school year. 

People have predicted that positive COVID-19 cases will continue to rise but not nearly as fast as the beginning of the school year. However, students and staff have progressively started to wear a mask less and less. So, we may see a spike in the number of positive cases, but only time will tell.