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GALVESTON, Texas - March 3, 2021 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has rescinded the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday, March 10. Galveston ISD is committed to student safety and plans to continue its mitigation efforts and protocols requiring mask wearing and social distancing throughout the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. 

The district consistently consults with medical experts at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and in particular with Dr. Richard E. Rupp, who is the medical director for Teen Health Center, Inc. which operates clinics at five Galveston ISD campuses.

“It is my belief that social distancing and masking should continue for now,” says Rupp. “Masks are still needed. COVID-19 numbers, although down, are still high. There is a good chance of encountering someone with COVID in a public setting.” 

Galveston ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson echoes the statements of medical advisors adding, “Local medical experts, state agencies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all advising the same thing and we agree that continuing to wear masks and continuing social distancing is what’s best for our students and employees through the end of this school year.”

Galveston ISD is a public school district in Texas, established in 1884, that serves nearly 7,000 students. Its 12 Schools of Choice campuses consist of traditional and theme based schools, charter schools, STEM programs, magnet schools, and a mega-magnet high school. The district’s mission is to Educate, Engage and Empower EACH student for a life of Excellence. To learn more, visit

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