HOUSTON, March 1, 2022 – Aldine ISD will lift its mask mandate on Monday, March 7 due to an ongoing decline in COVID-19 cases in the district, expanded vaccine eligibility for younger children and updated guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials. The district will no longer require students, staff, and visitors to wear face masks at district facilities or events.
Superintendent LaTonya M. Goffney said that while she remains cautious, the decision was based on the data and facts available to the district. She emphasized that the district will continue to prioritize safety while never sacrificing learning.
“We know we are not out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic. However, we have all the tools and procedures in place to ensure our students can continue to learn in a safe and healthy learning environment,” said Goffney. “For the safety and wellbeing of our community, I still encourage everyone to wear masks and take precautions. I strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.”
Although no longer required, the district continues to strongly encourage the wearing of face masks, especially for unvaccinated individuals, to minimize the spread of the virus. While the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, the district encourages all eligible students and staff to get vaccinated. Aldine ISD will continue to work with community partners to help ensure the community is educated and has access to testing and vaccines.
The district will continue to monitor local and school cases to further adjust health and safety protocols as appropriate. Aldine ISD’s COVID-19 dashboard will also continue to be updated daily with active lab-confirmed cases of Aldine staff and students who have been in district schools and facilities.