Masks. Vector illustration.

Dallas ISD will stop requiring masks at the end of the month.

The news came from Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the district superintendent, at Thursday’s meeting of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

“We’re going to continue to looking at the data, and we’ll send out a formal announcement next week,” Hinojosa told the trustees. “But our plan is, as of Feb. 28, which is a week from Monday, we will make masks recommended.”

Hinojosa said the decision was made because the case numbers are decreasing in Dallas County.

The district originally planned to drop its mask mandate after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the data didn’t allow for that, he said.

The outgoing superintendent added that if the data changes and cases start to increase again, the district will reinstate the mandate.

Additional details about visitors and field trips, as well as significant changes to other COVID-19 protocols, will be released in the formal announcement next week, Hinojosa said.

Trustee Dustin Marshall thanked Hinojosa for making the decision.

“I think it’s time for us to get back to as much normality as we can,” Marshall said.