Sulphur Springs ISD officials, after consideration of Texas Education Agency Guidelines and consulting with the Local Health Authority, announced a determination regarding masking requirements at SSISD. Masking will continue at SSISD school and school events for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. The district noted that while the Governor Tuesday announced the lifting of mask requirements for the general public and capacity limits on businesses, Governor’s Executive Order GA-34 refers districts to Texas Education Agency regarding COVID-19 requirements for school.
The following notice was disseminated Thursday afternoon via Blackboard to parents, students and staff regarding masking requirements at SSISD:
Pursuant to our Governor’s Executive Order GA-34, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has updated its Public Health Planning Guidance which requires school districts to continue to comply with masking requirements unless an exception is evoked. The University Interscholastic League has issued the same guidance. TEA’s guidance essentially requires the District to enforce the same masking rules that it has enforced all year per our Governor’s recently rescinded executive order. We acknowledge that these rules have been a key component of our Health and Safety Plan which has enabled us to have school without interruption since August. After carefully considering the guidance, its prior effect on our year, and the advice of our Local Health Authority, SSISD has determined that we will continue to require masking at school and school events per TEA’s guidelines for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.