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Belton ISD Board of Trustees votes to pay employees for five winter weather days

Belton ISD
Posted at 8:44 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 21:44:26-05

BELTON, TX — The Belton ISD Board of Trustees has voted to pay employees for the five days of closure brought on by the winter weather.

The vote was unanimous during Monday's meeting.

The board also voted to submit two waivers. The first is a Missed School Days waiver to the Texas Education Agency for the missed days. If accepted, the district would not have to make up the missed instruction time.

The second waiver is to receive credit for instructional minutes on February 12. The day was deemed a virtual learning day by the district.

“Through an immensely challenging week in the State of Texas we saw, first hand, what makes this community special,” said Superintendent Matt Smith. “Power outages, limited water access and freezing temperatures made it a trying, if not unbearable, week for many in the Big Red Community. Yet throughout this devastating storm, the heart of this community was on display through their generosity and support of each other.”

The district will determine how the February 11 early dismissal might impact the school calendar after hearing back from the TEA.

“Before we rush to make a decision about adjusting the school calendar, we want to see if TEA approves the waivers we submit,” Smith said. “That information will help us know how best to proceed on making up the 50 minutes of instructional time we lost on Feb. 11 from the early dismissal.”