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Waco ISD holds emergency meeting amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 5:27 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 06:28:02-04

WACO, TX. — Waco ISD is making decisions that will allow their students to continue learning from home while schools are closed.

An emergency meeting took place to discuss how to best move forward on Monday evening.

"These are really strange times. This is my 30th year in education and I have never seen anything like this happen," said Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon.

One of the resolutions passed was giving the Superintendent temporary authority to make decisions during this emergency.

"Basically we want to be able to take care of our employees during this time so that their pay is not disrupted and move forward to get supplies we may need for students."

The supplies will soon be provided to students to complete school work at home.

"Parents are going to be teaching students at home temporarily and we will provide the resources to do that, " said Superintendent Kincannon.

This week, they will prepare the work for their students to continue learning.

"We will be sending bags by grade level with books and journals and activities so our students will continue their learning at home."

Kincannon says the plan will remain until March 27th.

By that point, they will decide what is next: continue sending work or get kids back into the classroom.

"I met with staff and we had a fantastic meeting, everyone is on board to work as a team and take care of our students," said Superintendent Kincannon.

Parents will be notified with everything they need to know by the end of the week.

As far as 8th graders and seniors, doing the work from home will allow them to get their credits and graduate.

However, it has not been decided if a graduation ceremony will take place.