With students and staff attending school during an unprecedented pandemic, Granbury ISD continually evaluates all protocols to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

As we prepared this summer for the school year with our Roadmap for Reopening, GISD initially determined that students in grades PK-3 would not be required to wear masks or face coverings in classrooms. We still required them to wear them in the hallways, during passing times, and other common areas. Older students in grades 4-12 were required to wear masks at all times — except during lunch and other times when it would not be practical.

When a PK-3 student or staff member tests positive, the entire class of students must self-isolate for up to 14 days. This has happened several times at GISD elementary schools so far this year. While these students are able to attend school virtually, we lose valuable instructional engagement that is only possible when students are in person.

Our COVID-19 task force reviewed this situation, and our medical advisors — including two local pediatricians — supported masks or face coverings for PK-3 students. This proactive step helps keeps our schools open and students in dass.

Moreover, as flu season is starting, we want to limit exposure to any virus that can be confused with COV1D-19 and lead to self-isolation for large groups of students.

With our protocols, we have been very successful in preventing spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We cannot thank our students, staff, and parents enough for being diligent with masks, handwashing, and other safety measures. Together, we can continue keeping our schools safe, open, and ready for instruction.