Masks are required for all students and staff in Austin ISD following decisions by the Board and Superintendent.

  • “I am responsible for the safety, health and welfare of each and every one of our students and our staff. If I err, I must err on the side of ensuring that we’ve been overly cautious, not that we have fallen short,” said Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde.

Why it matters: On July 9, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended universal indoor masking in schools as a way to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yes, but: The CDC recommendation conflicts with Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA No. 38, which prohibits schools from issuing a mask mandate.


  • “Texans believe in local control, and this resolution is the right decision for our local Austin ISD community,” said Board President Geronimo Rodriguez.


Content from the AISD Family Newsletter by Scott Thomas

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