April 20: Mask Update

Azle ISD Board of Trustees Votes to Make Face Masks Optional for Remainder of 2020-21 School Year

The Azle ISD Board of Trustees voted to lift the district’s mask requirement for students and staff during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, April 19. This decision was made following Governor Abbott’s recent removal of the statewide mask order, and after reviewing the declining trend of positive COVID cases in the Azle ISD community.

Effective Thursday, April 22, masks will be optional for all Azle ISD students and staff members during the school day and at school-sponsored activities.

We understand that no decision we make will please everyone and ask that you continue to work with us this final six-week grading period to give our students and staff the best experiences we can.

This decision gives our parents and staff members the right to do what they feel is best for their families.

Azle ISD supports anyone who feels it is important to continue wearing a mask and expects our students and staff to remain respectful of each individual’s choice whether or not to wear a mask. A teacher with health concerns may ask a student to wear a face-covering when the student is within six feet of the teacher.

The removal of the mask requirement does not take away from our commitment to the health of our students and staff. We will continue to monitor the number of positive COVID cases as the school year continues and may re-evaluate this decision should we experience a spike in positive cases.

All other COVID safety protocols will continue including efforts to maintain social distancing, frequent hand washing, disinfecting of district facilities and vehicles, and limiting campus visitors. We will also continue contact tracing and required quarantining when positive cases are identified in the district.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support this school year. It is promising to see our school operations slowly return to normal.

Sincerely,
Todd Smith
Superintendent of Schools