HISD relaxes mask mandate, effective March 1

As the Houston Independent School District continues to monitor COVID-19 trends and consult local COVID-19 guidance, the district is relaxing its mask mandate effective March 1, 2022. Masks within HISD schools, facilities, and school buses will become optional.

Students, staff, and any other HISD stakeholders that may need an additional layer of protection or are exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease are highly encouraged to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Anyone wanting to wear a mask can still request one when entering an HISD building.

The district will continue to monitor all COVID-19 data and trends and will be prepared to update its protocols in the event of community or localized COVID-19 outbreaks and recommendations from health authorities.

HISD remains committed to providing safe in-person learning and working environments by focusing on its COVID-19 mitigation framework and strongly encouraging its communities to leverage COVID-19 testing and vaccination opportunities:

  1. Free campus COVID-19 PCR testing is available to students and staff who provide a one-time consent to participate in this program. Visit www.HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts and click on the Get Tested section to sign up, learn more, and check your school’s COVID-19 testing schedule.
  2. COVID-19 vaccination clinics are hosted weekly on many HISD campuses. Visit www.HoustonISD.org/HealthAlerts and click on the Get Vaccinated section to find a location.
  3. Additional COVID-19 testing and vaccination opportunities can be found through the Houston Health Department website’s COVID-19 Services & Resources section at houstonemergency.org.

In addition, all HISD facilities will continue to be cleaned and disinfected daily with hospital-grade products.