The Plano ISD will no longer require the wearing of masks for both students and staff according to a Community Impact article from May 11. In it they say:
“Plano ISD will make face masks optional at all district campuses, facilities and events in the fall.
While that health and safety protocol change will go into effect for the 2021-22 school year, the district also dropped the mask requirement for students and staff engaging in outdoor physical activity on May 10, according to a video message from Superintendent Sara Bonser.”
The reason for the policy shift is a change in covid infection data according to a Dallas Morning News article from May 12th. In it they say:
“When the fall semester begins, masks and face coverings will be optional at all campuses, facilities and events. The decision was made based on improved COVID-19 figures and at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district said.
Adjustments could be made if dictated by the pandemic recovery.
This week, the district also said masks are optional for students and staff who are involved in physical activity outdoors and can keep a safe distance from others who are not in the same household.”