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SAISD trustees to consider lifting mask mandate

The district did not see a big improve in COVID instances after spring break, in accordance to faculty officers.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio ISD is among the many remaining native faculty districts requiring masks to be worn inside. But the COVID-19 security measure may quickly be lifted relying on a number of components, together with outcomes from an SAISD neighborhood survey.

“We’ve had the mask mandate really throughout the pandemic. Our employees and our parents and students know that safety has been a priority for us,” stated Toni Thompson, SAISD’s affiliate superintendent of human capital administration.

According to Metro Health, Bexar County’s coronavirus threat stage is taken into account “mild,” the second-lowest threshold, as instances proceed to lower.

Thompson, who oversees the district’s COVID-mitigation efforts, famous the district did not expertise a big spike in coronavirus instances upon coming back from spring break every week in the past.

“Things are much more under control, especially in the area and the county than they had been,” Thompson stated.

More than 9,000 folks accomplished SAISD’s on-line COVID response survey, which requested questions coping with the mask mandate.

The survey was pushed out final week when college students and employees returned from spring break. As of midday on Monday, the survey is now not accessible.

“Based on science and data, some of those protocols are changing around the country and certainly in the state. We wanted to know how our constituents felt about potentially changing the requirement and making it optional,” Thompson stated.

Alejandra Lopez, president of the San Antonio Alliance employees union, expressed fear in regards to the newest COVID-19 surge in Europe and its potential influence stateside. She additionally applauded the union’s efforts working with SAISD and metropolis well being officers in selling agency security measures through the pandemic.

Lopez stated she believes the mask mandate ought to keep in place in the meanwhile whereas neighborhood information is assessed to decide in any other case.

“Masking is one of the most straightforward, simplest ways to keep our communities safe from COVID,” Lopez stated.

The outcomes of the mask mandate survey shall be introduced and reviewed throughout Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The district’s agency rule on face coverings prompted authorized pushback from Gov. Greg Abbott, who applied a state ban on mask mandates final July. 

South San Antonio ISD can also be discussing the potential of lifting its mask requirement.

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