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Waco ISD authorizes superintendent to pay employees during coronavirus closures

Waco ISD
Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:39:57-04

WACO, TX — The Waco ISD Board of Trustees passed a resolution to authorize Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon to ensure all district employees are paid during school closures.

The board met during an emergency meeting Monday to discuss a plan regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

“During these times it’s important that we act responsibly and with care for our employees,” Kincannon said. “This resolution will guarantee all of our staff receive a paycheck to take care of their families. I thank the board for taking this action for the wellbeing of our community.”

The board also announced students will begin to work from home for at least one week.

“Our main goal is to make sure our students, staff and community are taken care of during this unprecedented break,” School Board President Angela Tekell said. “The Board is very grateful for everything our staff has done over the past few weeks addressing the COVID-19 emergency. We’re going to work together and rise through this challenging time.”

Waco ISD students won't have to make up days the district is closed. The Board of Trustees said the district's calendar included more instructional time than the minimum mandated by the state. A statement attesting that the district will support student learning while campuses are closed, which the board approved, allows the district to seek a waiver for the remaining days it is closed.