Gorman, Whitehouse, Marshall among latest East Texas school districts ending mask mandates

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EAST TEXAS (KETK) -More schoolshave joined a growing list of East Texas school districts that are ending their mask mandate as the school year draws to a close.

In March Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he would be dropping his statewide mask mandate that had been in place since last summer.

Most school districts decided to temporarily leave a face-covering requirement in place at first. Over the past several weeks, administrators across East Texas have slowly been removing them on campuses due to dropping case numbers.


Union Grove ISD said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that they had not had a coronavirus case in the past two months and that there were low numbers in their local area. The new policy is effective immediately.


Whitehouse ISD this week also ended its requirement that students and staff wear a mask. Trustees voted unanimously to make the wearing of masks optional for the remainder of the school year.


Marshall ISD is no longer requiring students, staff and visitors to wear a face covering in district buildings or at district events.

“We encourage everyone to make the best decision for themselves based on individual choice and individual needs, but as of Tuesday, May 11, we will no longer be requiring a face covering in MISD,” said Dr. Richele Langley, MISD Superintendent. “As of now, our plan will continue to be face masks optional going into next school year but we will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 throughout the summer and be prepared to make any changes should they become necessary.”

Langley added the masks-optional policy will be in effect at Marshall High School graduation on May 21.


Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School on Tuesday dropped its mask mandate “except in the classrooms of teachers who request their students wear a mask out of an abundance of caution.”

Beginning Thursday, parents will be allowed to attend school mass services.


Last week, Tyler ISD also announced that they would be ending their face mask requirement. That order went into effect on Monday.

During a board workshop on Thursday, Tyler ISD trustees voted 6-0 to adjust the District’s “Return to Learn” health and safety protocols.


Hallsville ISD was the first to drop the mandate, announcing their plan just one day after Abbott’s March press conference.


Other school districts to relax their COVID-19 protocols are Henderson ISD and Bullard ISD.

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