ABILENE, TX — The Abilene Independent School District admitted they did not follow proper COVID-19 safety guidelines during a two-day administrator’s retreat at the Abilene Convention Center.
According to KTXS, in a picture shared on social media, several administration officials are shown either not wearing face masks or not wearing them properly.
When asked if it was a mistake to not enforce mask guidelines the district agreed.
"Yes, I don't think anybody else would disagree with that," said Lance Fleming, AISD's Communications Director.
According to Fleming, during the retreat administrators discussed many issues that relate directly to COVID-19 and the upcoming school year; including the proper use of face masks.
KTXS reporter John Rupolo asked Fleming the following question: "You were teaching administrators about the proper use of face masks, but they weren't being used properly at the meeting. Can you see an issue with that?"
"No doubt. But you have to take into context some of what was going on people drinking water and coffee," said Fleming.
According to Fleming the video of the meeting was removed from the AISD website because it “supposed to be information for parents tomorrow.” She stated there was "nothing sinister going on.”
According to local media, administrators did arrive and leave the retreat wearing their face masks.
"The safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and our community are at the heart of every decision we make," said Fleming.