In a 6-1 decision, Waco ISD has voted to start school after Labor Day weekend.

The Waco Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to move the opening of the 2020-2021 school year to after Labor Day. The move comes as parents, students, teachers, and staff alike worry about the continued coronavirus pandemic.

Superintendent Susan Kincannon tells KWTX,

"The calendar I'm proposing is fully consistent with the order issued earlier this week by the local health authority," said Kincannon. "That order does not impact the plans we'd already been formulating."

Waco-McLennan County Health District said all public and private schools in McLennan County are to remain closed to in-person learning till after Sept. 7 as cases of COVID-19 continue spike.

Keep in mind that parents still have the choice of in-person or remote learning and can register their kids from July 27-Aug. 25.

Schools here in Bell County will be starting after Labor Day as well after an order was issued by the Bell County Public Health District Thursday afternoon.

In the order, Local Health Authority Janice K. Smith, MD, MPH cited recent increases in cases of COVID-19 transmission through community spread, particularly among younger people and children, as the reason for the order.

Religious schools are except under the Bell County order due to a statewide order by Gov. Greg Abbott, but Dr. Smith is strongly encouraging them to keep campuses closed until at least September 8.

You can read the full Bell County order here.

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