Breaking News: Frisco ISD to continue requiring face coverings

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Alyssa Murphy

Frisco ISD announced Friday morning that it will continue to require all students, staff, and visitors wear face coverings such as that worn by freshman Karina Grokhovskaya. This comes after Governor Greg Abbott announced the state’s mask mandate will end March 10, 2021.

Wingspan Staff

The following email was sent out to parents and posted on the Frisco ISD website Friday morning.

“Dear Parents,

On March 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to rescind Executive Order No. GA-29, commonly known as the mask mandate. His new Executive Order will go into effect Wednesday, March 10.

Frisco ISD has reviewed guidance from the Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as consulted with local health experts as to how this order impacts school districts and what disease mitigation practices should be in place in FISD.

It is with the information and guidance from these groups, along with careful consideration of the safety of FISD students and staff, that the District will continue to require face coverings for students, staff and visitors, as has been the case all school year. District data has also consistently shown that the spread of COVID-19 on campus is minimal when face coverings are worn.

In addition, effective immediately, FISD will no longer automatically quarantine entire PK-2 elementary classrooms due to a positive COVID-19 case. Similar to all other grade levels, campuses will now conduct Close Contact Reviews to determine which students need to quarantine. Although masks are not required in PK-2 classrooms, they are strongly encouraged, and students who do not wear masks are more likely to be quarantined. Information on FISD’s face covering protocols can be found on the District website.

Frisco ISD will reevaluate our Disease Mitigation Guidelines periodically as employees receive the vaccine and as we monitor trends in disease transmission within our area. This may include adjustments to plans for end-of-year activities.

Please continue to follow our District website for information about our response to COVID-19, including an updated FAQ.

Thank you for your understanding and have a wonderful break. “