IDEA Public Schools issues response to Governor’s ban on school mask mandates

In compliance with the recent order from Governor Greg Abbott, officials with IDEA Public Schools announced Tuesday will no longer require masks on any IDEA campus or in IDEA buildings beginning Monday, June 7. 

“We would like to take this time to encourage every member of the IDEA community who has yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible,” says JoAnn Gama, Co-Founder and CEO of IDEA Public Schools. “The vaccine is currently available to anyone 12 years or older and is the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” 

The state has approved several IDEA Public Schools regions as a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

Although the mask mandate has been lifted, IDEA will continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms with required temperature checks for staff, students and visitors and by continued enforcement of social distancing and hand-washing guidelines. 

To expand access to the communities that have had limited opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, IDEA will continue to host clinics for staff and students over the age of 12. 

The district has administered almost 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to date. 

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