Masks will be compulsory in Garland schools from September 1st. Here’s what you need to know

Masks will be compulsory in Garland schools from Wednesday September 1.

All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks indoors in all schools and facilities in the district and on buses, regardless of their immunization status.

Garland ISD’s board of directors approved the new policy at a meeting on August 24.

The temporary mask requirement will be in place until Tuesday, Oct. 26, or until new guidance is provided, the district said in a statement. It is subject to medical, religious and philosophical exceptions for students and to medical or religious exceptions for staff.

The district has been back and forth over the mask issue, announcing earlier this month that they would need them, then saying they would not.

The new policy comes amid a wave of COVID-19 that has hit Garland hard. Between July 14 and August 23, active cases of COVID-19 increased by more than 1,000% in the city, from 159 to 1,765 cases. And few pediatric intensive care beds remain vacant in the region.

Due to the rise of the virus in North Texas, many surrounding districts have offered virtual school options, including Garland ISD, or issued mask warrants, such as Dallas ISD and Plano ISD.

“We will provide updates and additional information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding, ”the district said in a statement.

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