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Mask Mandate Update 8.15.21

Lancaster ISD Parents,

As we operate through COVID-19, information continues to change rapidly. Today, we saw the legal process play out with the Texas Supreme Court ruling against a decision by county judges in Dallas and San Antonio, respectively.

While we are disappointed with today’s judicial outcome, it does not change our commitment to the health and safety of our students. The only factor that changes is our approach. Lancaster ISD cannot legally mandate face masks within the schools, but we will strongly encourage and recommend that all students and employees wear a mask or face covering while at school or work.

As a parent and the Superintendent of our district, I strongly believe in the importance of face masks and vaccinations.

Children below the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, so we strongly encourage you to wear face masks, if not for your safety, then for the safety of our students. 

As we prepare to welcome our students back to school tomorrow morning, we will do so with the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority. Last week, our district surveyed our employees and parents, and the results stated that more than 98% favored our district implementing a mask mandate. Although we can no longer officially require masks to be worn inside our schools and district buildings, we thank you all in advance for your partnership in encouraging our students to mask up while at school.

Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout this critical process.

Dr. A. Katrise Perera

Lancaster ISD Superintendent