SMCISD will recommend masks but set to end mandate effective Tuesday

The San Marcos Consolidated ISD order for the mask expires on Tuesday.

The school district announced that it would recommend masks, but would no longer require them in a message sent to SMCISD families Monday night.

“The mask command worked when the vaccines were not available to all students and helped students and staff deal with Delta and Omicron surges,” the district said in a message to parents. “Now that the instructions from public health experts are changing, we need to update our protocols.”

SMCISD decided to propose masks but to terminate the mandate after the Board gave to the Superintendent Dr. Michael Cardona the power to determine the necessity of a mask, according to the current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recently released a new COVID-19 Community Level Tool, which classifies counties into high, medium, and low risk categories using data such as hospital admissions, hospital beds used, and total coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 cases in Hays County recently had a rapid decline with 5,226 active cases on February 9 to 932 on Monday. According to the CDC Community Levels tool, Hays County has had a low level of community spread since Monday. Recommendations for low-risk communities include vaccinations and testing for symptoms, but do not include coverage.

During Monday’s board meeting, SMCISD Director of Safety and Health Services Doug Wozniak said the district has averaged about five new COVID-19 cases a week in the past two weeks.

“We just had a huge drop,” Wozniak said. “It even includes our asymptomatic tests on Friday. And that’s five in a week – students and staff, and Friday’s asymptomatic test, which at one point we just forged, probably three weeks in a row we averaged over 100 asymptomatic positives that Friday and just a complete drop. ” .

The SMCISD board unanimously approved to give Cardona the power to determine the necessary COVID-19 mitigation strategies for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

“We will inform the community,” Cardona said at Monday’s meeting. Shortly after the vote, the district sent a message informing families of the end of their term.

“The CDC is still a mask to anyone who has not been vaccinated,” the district said. “Masks are a layer of protection along with staying informed about the COVID-19 vaccine, getting tested and staying home when you are sick. Together we managed this pandemic with grace, resilience and a strong commitment to our community. “The pandemic is not over, but we will continue to work together to keep each other safe and support all students.”

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