Clear Creek ISD Maintains Face Covering Requirement for 2020-2021 School Year

Clear Creek ISD Maintains Face Covering Requirement for 2020-2021 School Year
Posted on 04/13/2021
LogoThe Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a CCISD committee’s recommendation to maintain COVID-19 protocols for the remainder of this school year, conduct summer activities as scheduled with certain revisions to face covering requirements, and develop procedures for the 2021-2022 school year for a mask-optional environment for all CCISD facilities.

The school district reconvened the Safely Reopen CCISD Committee shortly after Governor Greg Abbott lifted the face covering mandate in Texas. This committee is the same group which developed the highly successful recommendations that have kept Clear Creek ISD open with minimal disruptions this year. In this regroup session, the school board asked the committee to address the Governor’s executive order, consider revisions to current quarantine practices and provide general aspirations related to the summer.

The committee’s recommendations were then shared with the public for input. More than 10,000 parents, staff, students, and community members submitted their preferences which ultimately supported the committee’s recommendations. The recommendations and public feedback can be viewed here.

“The committee’s recommendations provide us direction to finish out the school year with current practices and begin the transition process from required face coverings to optional face coverings,” said Eric Williams, Superintendent of Schools. “We are deeply appreciative of the committee’s time and effort to come to consensus on a set of recommendations that reflect the changing dynamics of this pandemic.”

In the board-approved recommendations, the school district will only require face coverings to be worn when six feet of distance cannot be maintained for both indoor and outdoor activities. This will take effect June 1, 2021. Currently, face coverings are to be always worn unless eating or drinking.

Recently, Clear Creek ISD conducted a poll among staff to gather information on vaccine rates among employees. Of the 2,039 employees who responded, 79% indicated they had received a COVID-19 vaccine and 92% felt Clear Creek ISD has provided sufficient information about vaccination availability.

When polled, 76% of respondents agreed that face coverings should remain a requirement for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year and 67% of respondents agreed that the school district should develop protocols for the 2021-2022 school year to allow for optional face coverings.

The recommendation for the 2021-2022 school year was framed as an aspiration since it fell outside the charges and guidelines approved by the school board. The superintendent will work with the school board to identify next steps as the Texas Education Agency requires school boards to officially take action to modify face covering requirements considering Executive Order (GA-34.)
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