Austin ISD School Board to discuss mask guidance after CDC update
The CDC said people in areas with declining COVID-19 rates can stop wearing masks.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin ISD School Board is set to meet in a special meeting Wednesday to discuss masking guidance on school campuses.
The meeting, which is due to start at 6 p.m., comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new masking measures on Feb. 25. As of Friday, the CDC places more than 70% of the nation’s population in counties where the virus poses a low or medium threat to hospitals. People in these areas can stop wearing masks.
And according to the CDC County Auditor, Travis County is among areas where COVID-19 does not pose a high threat to area hospitals.
Now, at Wednesday’s specially convened meeting, Austin ISD will discuss the new CDC guidelines, as well as Austin Public Health guidelines, regarding masking.
When KVUE contacted Austin ISD officials on February 25, the district said it had opened a public inquiry into masks and health protocols and was taking comments through March 6.
“We are engaging with the community and will consult with our public health experts before making a decision, as we have done throughout the pandemic,” the district also said at the time.
Several days after the CDC updated its guidelines, Austin Public Health announced that Austin and Travis County are now in Stage 3 of the COVID-19 risk-based guidelines. But when it comes to masks, APH officials still “strongly” recommend the use of indoor masks until “festival season” is over.
The 2022 South by Southwest festival is scheduled for Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 20. SXSW requires masks in many indoor locations and at conference rooms and exhibits. The festival also requires proof of vaccination or a negative test to retrieve and retain credentials.
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