On August 26, the Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees held a special board meeting where they approved a resolution advocating for the district to make local decisions regarding COVID-19.
After careful consideration and input from multiple layers of the school community, the board made a decision to implement an indoor mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors.
Effective on Monday, August 30, 2021 through October 15, 2021, a mask must be worn in all district facilities and on all district transportation. HCISD will continue to monitor local health conditions and will reevaluate this mask requirement at the end of the first quarter to determine whether a need exists to extend it.
The decision is grounded on an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the community as outlined via the Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, local hospitalization rates and guidance from the CDC, Texas Department of Health Services, and Cameron County Health Authority.
“Thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate these unchartered waters together,” Dr. Noyola said. “As leaders, we are entrusted with the responsibility for the health and safety of students and must act to keep children safe. By taking simple and effective precautions, we can still return our children safely back to classrooms full-time this school year.”
HCISD remains steadfast and continues to follow guidance from the Texas Education Agency and recommendations by the CDC, Cameron County officials, and the local health authority.
“As we move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud to work with our Board of Trustees in making decisions that address the health and safety of our students, staff, and community,” Board President Gerry Fleuriet said. “Working with our local and regional public health experts, HCISD leadership is constantly monitoring our district and community’s situation. Although decisions like this are difficult, we must use our best judgment to ensure a safe and bright future for our younger generations and their families.”
Visit www.hcisd.org/PTR to view the district’s Return to School Plan and find out how HCISD is creating a safe environment for students and staff.