Masks look to be optional for 2021-2022 school year

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With the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines during the 2021 year and now the possibility for 12-15 year olds to be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, Frisco ISD is looking to make masks optional for the next school year.

Kate Graham, Staff Reporter

After an entire school year of students and staff wearing masks on campus and at school related events, Frisco ISD has announced tentative plans to be mask optional next year. 

“While FISD is still waiting for the Texas Legislature to pass legislation that would allow this opportunity to become a reality for our district, we are encouraged with several bills that are currently making their way through the legislative process,” Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wes Cunningham said. 

The downward trend of COVID-19 numbers led the school district to announce a plan for masks to be an option for students and staff starting in the fall. 

“I feel like we are on the right track, and I would be more comfortable with it because Pfizer just put something out for 12-15 year olds to get vaccinated,” biology teacher Richard Sabatier said. “If everyone at Liberty is able to get vaccinated by next August then I think it makes sense.”

Data presented at April’s school board meeting showed that more than 9,000 students and staff have completed quarantine for close contacts on campus, with 1.71% of those testing positive with no known external exposure.

“I don’t think they should be required,” junior Brady McNally said. “Like in Texas the governor made that. And if it applies to the whole state it should apply to the public too. And there’s vaccines out and the whole point of a vaccine is to make it safe and to go back to normal. And a lot of people have already had covid so they have the antibodies which is essentially what a vaccine gives you. And if we are building up immunity to the virus and i think that with those anti bodies I don’t think we will need a mask.”