DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Diocese of Dallas has reinstated mask protocol for its Catholic schools effective Tuesday, August 10.
In a letter to parents, the Superintendent of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic schools announced masks will be required to be worn by everyone inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status.READ MORE: Big Cowboys Win Means Massive Shopping Spree For Some
Dr. Matt Vereecke cited the âclear and present danger for unvaccinated childrenâ caused by the delta variant along with rising COVID-19 case numbers as the reason for the decision, the Diocese said in a news release Monday, August 9.
As case numbers declined, principals and pastors were given authority to make local site decisions for their individual schools.
The majority of the dioceseâs Catholic schools had already adopted masking protocols.
The decisionÂ Monday will ensure a uniform approach to safety on all diocesan campuses.READ MORE: Fall Allergy Season Has Arrived In North Texas
âWhile these protocols will be in place until further notice, it is our intention to return local control as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Dr. Vereecke.
Vereecke said that will be determined by the same factors used to make the decision last year: local case rates, vaccination rates, hospital capacity, and internal data regarding school cases.
Local guidance will still apply for sports, outdoor activities and volunteer activities.
There are approximately 15,000 students enrolled in the Dallas dioceseâs 31 Catholic schools.
The return of the masking protocol comes as those students head back to class throughout this week.MORE NEWS: Dallas Police Officers Looking For Animal Cruelty Suspect Who Abandoned Puppy
READ THE LETTER TO PARENTS HERE