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Bell County Public Health District orders schools to delay in-person classes

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 17:18:57-04

The Bell County Public Health District has issued an order delaying in-person classes for all schools until after September 7.

The order applies to all public and non-religious private schools that teach pre-k through 12th grade and takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 24.

According to the order, school systems are prohibited from re-opening schools for on-campus face-to-face instruction until after September 7.

Virtual instruction shall be permitted as per a school system's own plan.

Extracurricular sports and activities shall not take place until school systems reopen for on-campus instruction, with the following exceptions:

  • 1A, 2A , 3A and 4A high schools may conduct extracurricular activities, including band practices and volleyball, football, and cross country practices, scrimmages, games and meets according to the latest UIL guidelines and restrictions regarding gatherings mandated by Governor Abbott.
  • Students already participating in UIL strength conditioning programs can continue to participate as long as the schools follow UIL guidelines.

Religious schools are exempt under orders from the Governor's Office. However, the health district is strongly urging them to comply with restrictions.

This order comes after the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District issued a similar order on Tuesday.

The Bell County Public Health District is set to hold a press conference on the order at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Full order: