Amid rising cases of COVID-19, the Leander Independent School District has extended its requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to wear a mask while on campuses.
“As of right now, we have closed 25 individual classrooms across the district, as well as three 6th grade levels at three different middle schools,” said Superintendent Bruce Gearing during Thursday night’s board meeting. “So far we have managed to keep all of our buildings open and we continue to work diligently to make sure that continues to happen.”
The requirement was initially put in place in August and was given an expiration date of September 9. In a 5-2 vote, the board has voted to extend the requirement through the remainder of the calendar year.
“There are a lot of reasons that our kids need to be here. There are a lot of reasons that we don’t even know about. But one of those reasons is that that human connection is way more important than we ever believed,” said Gearing.
The requirement has been extended to December 31, 2021. Parents who do not want their child to wear a mask do have them ability to opt-out.