VISD continues COVID-19 safety protocols, despite Abbot lifting mask mandate

VICTORIA, Texas – On Tuesday, March 9, school districts are still following the latest mask requirements from leadership at VISD. For now, the mask requirement will remain in place.

Governor Abbott’s new executive order takes effect on Wednesday, March 10th, allowing all businesses to reopen at full capacity and dropping the mask mandate state-wide.

Currently, VISD will continue to enforce its existing mask protocols and social distancing requirement.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation has not change and the experts still recommend for people mask up and to stay six feet apart.

I spoke to dr. Shepherd about his thoughts concerning the well-being of students…

Dr. Quintin Shepherd mentioned that some influences on the district’s decision-making process for safety measures came from the Teacher’s Education Association and the CDC, despite Abbot’s executive order to lift mandatory mask-wearing.

“One suggestions I would make to all parents is to look after the emotional well-being of our students first. We know that there’s some unfinished learning over the course of this last year. We recognize that, that’s a reality. It was hard on teachers and hard on students. Kids will get caught back up, I have no doubt about that and we’ll be back in no time. When it comes to social and emotional well-being, that’s a different story and I think it’s really important that we prioritize that first and the academics come second,” Shepherd said.

The district says it will also continue to prioritize student, staff, and community health by following the guidelines of its Safe Start Strong Start Plan for the safety of all students and staff at all VISD campuses and district buildings, including practicing physical social distancing.

VISD says it will keep safety a priority and notify parents as soon as anything new develops.

To learn more about the Safe Start Strong Start Plan, click here:

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