More and more places across Texas are lifting mask mandates due to the statewide lifting of mask requirements by Governor Greg Abbott.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Greenwood Independent School District is now another entity that is dropping mask mandates for faculty and students after voting on the matter on Monday, it all took effect on Tuesday.

Greenwood ISD said this in a statement to parents: “Face coverings and masks will be optional for all students and staff. All other TEA, UIL and District regulations and practices to control the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place.”

We are seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases thanks to people in the area getting their vaccinations, but that does not mean relaxing mask mandates is the answer since not all in the community are vaccinated yet.

You also have many misinformed residents who are hesitant to get the vaccine which could also pose a problem since they do not want to get the vaccine, that means their children are not getting it either.

I hope a lot of parents and students within the Greenwood ISD take it upon themselves to continue wearing masks so we do not see a spike in cases because mandates were eased too soon.

Midland Independent School District will be considering the issue of mask mandates when they meet on March 22, but for now MISD is requiring faculty and students to continue to wear masks.

Masks help slow the spread of COVID-19, so I hope all citizens will look at the risk and continue to mask up.

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