HCISD: School district forced to end mask mandate

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District says it is being forced to end a face mask mandate that was implemented this week.

In a letter posted on Facebook, HCISD superintendent Alicia Noyola said the decision to require the masks made by the Board of Trustees was based on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the region and was legally allowed as a result of pending litigation.

“However, the law has changed and there is no longer a court order that suspends Governor Abbott’s mask order… Therefore, our district has no choice but to lift the mask requirement for all staff, students and visitors,” Noyola said. “However, wearing masks on all district transportation remains a requirements as per federal mandate.”

The district says it highly recommends everyone continue to wear masks on campus.

“The well-being of our district community continues to be our number one priority,” said the superintendent.

Noyola said the district will continue to implement other health and safety protocols.

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Read the full letter below: