MISD board members vote to end mask mandate district-wide

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar)- The Midland ISD school board voted to end the district-wide mask mandate Monday. 

Effective May 24, masks will no longer be required for students, staff or parents. 

This means masks will not be required at graduations or summer school, nor will they be required next school year. 

MISD says anyone who wishes to wear a mask going forward is encouraged to do so. 

Other meeting highlights

The board also heard updates on progress made within the district.

According to MISD, the number of kindergarten students reading at grade level increased from 50% at the beginning of the year to 61%. 

First grade students reading at grade level increased from 46% to 58%.

The board also accepted two donations from Pioneer Natural Resources at Monday’s meeting.

A gift of $200,000 will help fund technology improvements, textbooks and scholarships for Early College High School students. A donation of $50,000 will go towards the first ever Basin Book Festival. Pioneer also donated 15 laptop computers for teachers and staff. 

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting is set for June 28 at the Bowie Fine Arts Academy.

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