Argyle ISD decided to keep a mask mandate after a school board meeting Monday night.
An open discussion was conducted and the decision left some parents frustrated, while others were relieved.
One of the parents Cecelia McCasland said, "One teen feeling isolated, their face covered regularly, ridiculed, shamed, and threatened by staff at their school. For not properly wearing a mask. Struggling, with suicidal thoughts. Do you know this?"
Marc Koke, Argyle H.S. girls' soccer coach said, "I think one of our reasons for the success this year is the masks and keeping kids healthy. I hate wearing masks, I hate saying 100 times a day, ‘Hey pull up your mask.’ But that’s the world we live in,"
According to Koke, wearing a mask would give students a chance to enjoy all the spring activities and seniors can have something close to a normal end of the school year.
The principal reported that some teachers left jobs out of fear of catching an infection.
The Argyle ISD board held the discussion after the statewide mask mandate ended last week and state education officials said masking rules in schools would take place at the district level.
According to the Argyle ISD COVID-19 dashboard, 341 staff and students have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.