March 9, 2021
Tomball ISD will continue its current practice of requiring the use of masks for all students, teachers and staff through the month of May, 2021.
TEA guidance states, in part: “Schools must comply with the following requirements: Every student, teacher or staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities …” This guidance also applies to any adult visitor on a campus or school facility for school business, any event or activity.
Students who fail to comply with mask requirements will be provided with a disposable mask. As has been the case all school year, failure to follow mask protocols may result in further disciplinary action. In addition, we will continue our practice of no visitors on campus during school hours through the remainder of the school year.
While we will require the use of masks in our schools and at our events through the end of May, masks will be optional for students during outdoor recess.
With the end of the school year in sight, we cannot lose focus on the goal we set out at the beginning of the school year of keeping face-to-face instruction available for all families who choose. We all desire a return to normalcy, but the safety of our students, teachers and staff remains the top priority in our school district.
Tomball ISD is appreciative that on March 3 educators were included in the phased vaccine rollout. It is our expectation that we begin the 2021-22 school year under normal operations. We understand there are strong feelings on both sides of the mask debate, yet we hope you will continue to support your schools and teachers and help us to finish out this year with the same grace, love and patience that has served us well during this pandemic.
As always, thank you for your support.