As many of you know (and have contacted me about), Governor Abbott lifted the restrictions for businesses and removed the mask mandate, beginning Wednesday, March 10 (a week from today). While I agree with this decision, I know there are several concerns that need to be addressed before changes can be made to Clear Creek ISD’s COVID-19 protocols.

First, I hope that this news means our high school seniors will get their traditional prom experience. CCISD last week cancelled all proms throughout the district, but I believe this was the wrong decision, and I am disappointed that our Board of Trustees has thus far allowed the decision to stand. This is the last night that many of our graduates will get to celebrate with their friends before they go their separate ways to college, the military, or other pursuits. There is no reason proms cannot take place for those who want to participate, but quick action will be necessary to make that happen. I encourage parents and students who wish to see the high schools put on prom to immediately contact the principal of your high school, and Dr. Karen Engle, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, at kengle@ccisd.net.

Second, regarding the mask mandate, as many of you know, I am in favor of masks as a personal choice. That said, my personal feelings will always take a backseat to science. I understand that there are a lot of people who are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in a school setting, and I would not advocate for relaxing mask rules unless the science supported it. My proposal is to convene a committee like the Safely Reopen CCISD committee and include input from parents, students, district employees, and local medical professionals, and allow decisions to be guided by scientific evidence and peer-reviewed studies. The district is also awaiting guidance from the Texas Education Agency. I encourage those of you with scientific information or passionate opinions about current and future COVID-19 protocols to contact the TEA at TEAfeedback@tea.Texas.gov.

Thanks once again to everyone supporting our mission to ensure success for every student in CCISD.