HISD Board of Education supports mask mandate to ensure safe return to school

The HISD Board of Education approved a resolution in support of Superintendent Millard House’s decision to mandate wearing face masks while indoors on all campuses and facilities. Effective Monday, August 16, students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status while on district property, as well as on school buses.

“The safety of our students and staff will continue to be my guiding compass. I am thankful to our Board of Education for supporting our children and families by prioritizing safety above all else,” said Superintendent Millard House II.

The mask requirement comes after Harris County elevated its COVID-19 threat level to red and reported that hospitalizations are rising at the fastest rate since the pandemic began among all age groups.  HISD will continue to provide masks and sanitizer at district facilities as well as provide contact tracing.

HISD is working with health partners to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. To see a full list of permanent and pop-up vaccination sites, visit https://houstonemergency.org/super-saturday-vaccination-day/.

The 2021-2022 school year begins on August 23. HISD will continue to monitor the situation and work with health officials for frequent updates.