Which Central Texas school districts still require face masks, social distancing

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Students sitting behind barriers work on Apple iPad tablets on March 24, 2021 (Original Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Which COVID-19 guidelines are in effect for your child’s school district? In light of Texas reopening businesses to 100% capacity and ending the statewide face mask mandate, some school districts have made changes to their COVID-19 guidelines.

KXAN emailed each school district asking for the latest guidelines. Here’s a list we will keep updated as we’re notified of changes to health and safety protocols:

Austin ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing required when feasible
  • District is welcoming all students who want to learn in person back to school, with no capacity restrictions

An AISD spokesperson sent KXAN the following statement regarding health and safety protocols:

Austin ISD continues to implement health and safety measures across the district, including: requiring masks for all students, staff, and visitors; maintaining social distancing when feasible; encouraging everyone to sanitize their hands frequently; and requiring the completion of our COVID-19 health screener when accessing AISD grounds.

At this time, there are no changes to our health and safety protocols. While vaccine efforts have increased, we know that being completely immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine is an additional prevention step in stopping the spread of COVID-19 when combined with other health and safety measures.

The district continues to provide remote learning opportunities and welcomes all students wanting to learn in-person the ability to do so, with no capacity restrictions. 

We also continue to monitor the protocols and guidelines put out by the Texas Education Agency, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and our local health authorities.

-AISD spokesperson

Find more information about AISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Blanco ISD

  • Masks to be worn inside all buildings
  • Masks not required outdoors
  • Social distancing protocols indoors

See Blanco ISD’s protocols on their website.

Burnet CISD

Effective on March 25, 2021:

  • Masks required indoors
  • Masks not required outside unless you will be close together for more than 15 minutes
  • Masks not required for secondary students during five-minute passing periods
  • Outdoor capacity increased to 75%

Effective on April 5, 2021:

  • Fully-vaccinated staff can meet with other fully-vaccinated staff and up to one other un-vaccinated staff member with no mask or social distancing

Find more information about Burnet ISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Del Valle ISD

  • Masks expected
  • Social distancing of six-feet

Find Del Valle ISD’s full health and safety protocols here.

Dripping Springs ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing

Here is the latest update on health and safety protocols from Dripping Springs ISD.

Eanes ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing of six feet when possible is suggested
  • Capacity remains at 25%, though in-person enrollment is at about 60%

Read more about health and safety protocols in effect for Eanes ISD here.

Elgin ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distance when possible
  • Venue capacity is evaluated on a case by case basis

Find more on the Elgin ISD website here.

Flatonia ISD

  • Masks should be worn
  • Social distancing

Flatonia ISD Superintendent Andy Reddock said they are in the process of reviewing the results of surveys from employees and parents regarding masks and consulting with their COVID-19 Task Force about plans moving forward. The school board will consider information regarding masks and other COVID-19 protocols at a later date.

Any changes to their guidelines will be posted on their website.

Georgetown ISD

Find more information about Georgetown ISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Harper ISD

  • Masks required on campus
  • Social distance as much as possible

Hays CISD

  • Masks required when six-foot social distancing is not possible
  • Social distancing required
  • Masks not required during competition, play or performance

Find more information about Hays CISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Johnson City ISD

  • Masks encouraged, not mandatory
  • Social distancing
  • No outdoor venue capacity

View Johnson City ISD’s Roadmap to Reopening, which includes more information about health and safety guidelines.

Lago Vista ISD

  • Masks required

See Lago Vista ISD’s COVID-19 guidelines and Return to School plan.

Leander ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing required

Find more information about Leander ISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Lockhart ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing of six-feet

A Lockhart ISD spokeswoman said leadership will review their protocol this summer and they will consult with their Caldwell County partners, including the chief medical officer.

Find Lockhart ISD’s plan here.

Liberty Hill ISD

  • Masks optional for outdoor activities, but mandatory when interacting with students within six feet
  • Teachers and staff can give students permission to remove masks when socially distanced six feet
  • Principals can require masks in other areas if needed

See more information on Liberty Hill ISD’s COVID-19 protocols.

Marble Falls ISD

  • Masks required indoors
  • Masks not required outdoors
  • In some outdoor situations staff may be held to a stricter standard than students
  • Social distancing will be emphasized inside and outside

Find more information about Marble Falls ISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Rockdale ISD

  • Masks to be worn inside all facilities
  • Social distancing of six-feet

Find Rockdale ISD’s health and safety guidelines here.

Round Rock ISD

From now until March 29, masks are required.

Effective March 29, 2021:

  • Masks required indoors
  • Masks optional outdoors
  • Social distancing encouraged

Find more information about Round Rock ISD’s COVID-19 health guidelines.

Wimberley ISD

  • Masks required
  • Social distancing of six-feet when possible

A district spokesman said they are welcoming all students who want to learn in person back to school with no capacity restrictions. However, they are operating with reduced capacity in areas like their cafeteria and are not having school-wide gatherings.

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