BELTON, TX — Belton ISD has decided to move into Scenario 3 of its COVID-19 plan, meaning in-person students will return to classes for five days a week.
The move was decided during the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, September 21.
The district began the school year on September 4 under Scenario 4, meaning all students would learn from home on Wednesdays to allow for additional teacher planning. Under the scenario, the high schools operated on a hybrid schedule where students would attend in person two days a week and learn from home three days a week.
Due to current health conditions in Bell County, the district plans to move into Scenario 3 beginning on October 5.
Under the new scenario, at-school learners will attend class in person Monday through Friday with a one-hour early dismissal on most Wednesdays.
Masks will still be required for all students and staff and other prevention and mitigation strategies will be continued.
Block schedules will also continue for secondary students in Scenario 3.
“My No. 1 goal is to keep kids safe and to have them in school,” Superintendent Matt Smith said. “Scenario 4 gave us the opportunity to do that, but it is truly the shared responsibility between students, staff and the community that has made our start to the school year successful. Everyone is doing their part, and it’s working.”
At-home learning will continue to be an option for students as the district shifts into Scenario 3.