Superintendent Jeannie Stone announced the district would make masks "encouraged" for students at elementary schools after the conclusion of the first semester. (Screenshot courtesy Richardson ISD)

Following the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, Richardson ISD will remove its mask requirement for elementary schools at the beginning of the second semester Jan. 4.In a Nov. 11 video message, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said the policy will change to make masks "encouraged" at all schools and facilities. “I feel confident in saying that I believe this is a very good decision for our entire community and allows for the element of family choice,” Stone said. Read more at Community Impact.