On-Campus Learning: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
At this time, masks will be required for students, staff, and visitors when attending Pflugerville ISD, in accordance with the current Travis County mask order. We are awaiting a final Supreme Court Order relating to Travis County's Order and expect it to be issued soon.
Each campus has boxes of masks available for staff and students, as needed.
Pflugerville ISD Mask Opt Out
Certain groups of people may find it difficult to wear a mask, including some children 2 years and older and people of any age with certain disabilities or medical conditions.
Challenges may be caused by being sensitive to having material on the face, difficulty understanding why wearing a mask is protective (such as those with an intellectual disability), having difficulty controlling behavior, or difficulty reading lips. Most people with underlying medical conditions can and should wear masks. However, some individuals with respiratory conditions may be concerned about wearing a mask safely.
For students who cannot wear or safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) or due to underlying medical conditions, PfISD will consider reasonable accommodations for these students.
Per the Order by the Travis County Judge, PfISD has a mask requirement for its staff and students. Also, per the Order by the Travis County Judge, a principal, the responsible staff member, or administrator of the students, may determine when it is not appropriate to require students, staff, and visitors to wear a face-covering. As a result of this Order, PfISD offers a mask opt-out option.
Prior to offering a mask opt form, the principal must:
- Treat students with dignity, avoiding shaming language.
- Leverage our relationships with students and parents.
- Educate students and families about the importance of masking as a way to mitigate the introduction and spread of COVID in our building.
- Educate the students and families about the campus safety protocols in place to help mitigate the introduction and spread of COVID.
- Confer with parents and respectfully request their assistance in keeping all of our students and staff by encouraging their student to comply with the Order of the Travis County Judge.
Per the Order by the Travis County Judge, compliance with this order is reliant on self-regulation and a community commitment to public health and safety under a threat of COVID 19.
Consultation and Review Process:
After a principal, the responsible staff member, or administrator of the students, has conferred with the student and parent, considers the individual needs of the student, and has determined it is not appropriate to require students to wear a face-covering, they may offer a mask opt-out form.
The parent/guardian who completes the form must certify the following:
- If a disability or medical condition exists. PfISD is not collecting medical documentation from families; however, PfSD does confer with the parent to review the available disability documentation or to begin the Child Find process.
- Acknowledgment of Child Find laws and parental responsibility
- They understand that:
- COVID-19 continues to menace the health of County residents. With the presence of the Delta variant, a highly transmissible and more contagious variation of COVID-19, Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County Health Authority, has implored individuals to wear face coverings to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
- To maximize protection from COVID, and prevent its possible spread to others, Austin Public Health and the CDC recommend that unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated people wear a mask indoors in public if in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- The CURRENT Travis County Mask Order requires face coverings. Students, staff, and visitors over the age of two (2) are REQUIRED to wear a face-covering while on school property or school buses during Stages 3, 4, and 5.
- The CURRENT Travis County Mask Order allows a principal, the responsible staff, or administrator of the students, may determine when it is not appropriate to require students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering.
- Compliance with this Order is reliant on self-regulation and community commitment to public health and safety under threat of COVID 19.
This form is not available to the general public and must be provided by the appropriate campus staff. This form MUST be requested through the campus administration. The campus staff will regularly review and monitor their mask opt submissions and will confer with families who have not consulted with campus staff prior to submitting the form.
- August 13, 2021 – Today, Travis County Judge Andy Brown signed Amended County Judge Order 2021-08a relating to face coverings to keep our students safe.
- August 11, 2021 – Today, Travis County Judge Andy Brown signed County Judge Order 2021-08, relating to face coverings to keep our students safe.