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Midway ISD to start classes in August, students eager to return

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 10:27 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:18 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The Midway ISD will start both in-person and online instruction on Aug. 24, the district said in a text to parents Friday morning and students to whom KWTX talked said they’re eager to return to school.

“I think it will definitely look different wearing masks, but I will do that just to be in person again,” senior Kate Barkley said Friday, “”Especially with it being senior year getting to do some of the senior stuff will be nice.”

Senior Class president Walker Garrett shares Barkley’s enthusiasm.

"If there is the opportunity to go back to class and be around everybody I am going to take it," Garrett said.

Garrett, however, says he’s encouraging classmates to take the virus seriously.

“It’s going to be a group effort if we want to have a full year,” he says.

Health officials had pressed for a delay in the start of on-campus instruction because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in McLennan County, but an order issued by the county’s health authority that would have barred a return for campus until after Labor Day was essentially nullified by an opinion that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued later in the week.

The Waco ISD decided to postpone the start of both in-person and online instruction until Sept. 8.

Both the Belton ISD and Temple ISD are also following the recommendation of Bell County’s health authority and delaying the start of the new school year until Sept. 8.

The Killeen ISD will start online instruction on Aug. 17, but won’t begin in-person instruction until Sept. 8.

The only other large Central Texas School district that plans to start both on-campus and online instruction in August is the Copperas Cove ISD, which decided to start the school year on Aug. 18.

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